MS Dhoni, India’s World Cup winning captain, has announced that he’ll be setting up a coaching academy in the Dubai Pacific Sports Club (PSC) in the UAE, as reported by Gulf News.
Dhoni, who will be joining the Indian team in Sri Lanka for the five-ODI series starting August 17, spoke on his partnership with the club.
“Sport has attained a global stature not just for fostering athleticism and sportsmanship, but also as a viable business platform that involves many different stakeholders, from small businesses to big conglomerates and organisations. I am delighted to be a part of the club and will contribute in any means possible to make it a success,” said MS Dhoni.
MS?Dhoni will join other Indian stars such as Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Virender Sehwag -- who have already set-up cricket academies in their name.
Announcing the tie up with the former India captain, Parvez Khan of Pacific Ventures declared the academy would be named -- MS Dhoni Cricket Academy (MSDCA).
“Pacific Sports Club is excited about its association with MS Dhoni, a superstar in the field of cricket. PSC has all exclusive rights to MS Dhoni Cricket Academy (MSDCA), not just in the UAE but other GCC countries, South Africa and the UK. Dhoni will be the brand ambassador for the academy and will be hands-on at the PSC with frequent visits. What makes this venture exciting is that this is for the first time ever that the cricketer is launching his academy and he chose Dubai for the launch of his new venture,” said Khan who was also the owner of the Capricorn Commanders, a team that competed in the Masters Champions League.
PSC chose to publicise their association with Dhoni on August 15 as India celebrated 70 years of Independence. MS?Dhoni will travel to Dubai next month to get the academy based in Springdales School, Al Khail up and running.
“We will offer a high-level plus coaching and training as well as a strategic sports development programmes managed by some of our well-known and beloved sports personalities,” added Khan who will partner with schools and colleges in the UAE with a view of expanding in other GCC countries, South Africa and the UK.