MS Dhoni Cricket Academy To Open In Singapore

Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is launching his second overseas cricket academy in Singapore on January 20. The first launched in Dubai in the UAE in November 2017.

Indian cricket legend Mahendra Singh Dhoni will launch his academy on January 20 at St Patrick’s School Singapore.

The MS Dhoni Cricket Academy in Singapore will be the second overseas after Dubai, which launched in November 2017.

The academy will follow a structured curriculum developed by former India captain Dhoni.

The cricketer will be working with Singapore women's team captain G.K. Diviya, who competed at last year's Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, as well as Singapore men's players Chetan Suryavanshi and Chaminda Ruwan, reported The Strait Times.

Dhoni, who won International Cricket Council (ICC) trophies in all formats of the game aims to promote grassroot-level cricket development globally.

In a statement, the 36-year-old player said: "Sports should be an essential driver for the development of a child's character. Apart from being fit, you can learn leadership and other important aspects of life via sports."

"Every kid should play an outdoor sport. MS Dhoni Cricket Academy is not only about producing cricket talent, but our academy's vision is to guide a kid to become a champion in life via sports."

Academia7, the franchise holder for the academy in 13 countries, and sports management company Aarka Sports together will be establishing up to 12 other Dhoni academies in Asia.

200 children have already signed up with the academy since registration started in December 2017. The academy is open to children aged six and above.

Photo courtesy: MS Dhoni Instagram Profile