The Academy, jointly launched by Dubai-based Pacific Sports Club and Aarka Sports Club, has been in operation for a couple of months at the school.
The facility named the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy (MSDCA) will have some of the best coaches from India to train the wards. The Academy was officially launched by the legendary former India captain himself on Saturday in the presence of excited trainees, parents and other key stakeholders of the facility.
The Academy has the following facilities: Four Turf, three cement and three matted pitches; Spin and Swing bowling machine; safety nets; lights for night practice; in-house sports shop for quality cricket gear and video analysis
The Academy will also conduct regular matches and will also field squads in tournaments to enable trainees to gain vital match practice. There will also be an aim to engage the parents in the overall development of their children while they train at the academy.
PSC and Aarka Sports have employed some of the best coaches from India to train the wards at the Academy. The coaching staff, led by former Mumbai bowler Vishal Mahadik is well equipped to manage the progress of the students.
The Academy aims to provide the following to the trainees: Systematic and holistic progress plan of every student; specialised training camps by BCCI Level 3 coaches; quarterly report card for each student; focus on mental conditioning; center wicket sessions and reciprocal international tours.
For More Information on the Academy, visit www.pacificsportsclub.com.
— Stu Appleby (@Stuart_Appleby) November 11, 2017
Former India fast bowler Ajit Agarkar has received a lot of criticism on social media for his views on wicketkeeper batsman MS Dhoni and his suggestion the Indian team should look beyond the gloveman in T20 cricket.
Dhoni’s position in the Indian T20 team has been questioned in some quarters and Agarkar is one of the few former cricketers to openly suggest the Indian team won’t necessarily miss Dhoni in T20 cricket. The 36-year-old faced some flak for his 37-ball 49 while chasing 197 in the second T20 against New Zealand in the recently concluded series.
However, Dhoni himself isn’t too worried about the criticism. While speaking during the launch of the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy, in partnership with Pacific Sports Club and Aarka Sports at Springdales School, Dubai, Dhoni said people are entitled to their views.
“Everybody has views in life and it should be respected,” was the wicketkeeper’s brief reply to a question on Agarkar’s recent remarks.
Dhoni doesn’t play Tests anymore and is almost certain to be the No1 keeper in ODIs. However, the Indians might be tempted try out someone like a Rishabh Pant in T20 cricket if Dhoni’s indifferent form in T20s continues.
MS Dhoni arrives for the launch of his new cricket academy here in Dubai.
— Stu Appleby (@Stuart_Appleby) November 11, 2017
India’s limited overs team looks far from settled in both formats with places still up for grabs ahead of a challenging season that includes away tours of South Africa and England leading up to the 2019 World Cup in England.
Star performers like Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina are struggling to make a comeback having failed to pass the new ‘Yo Yo’ fitness test that has become compulsory for all international aspirants.
While the Indian team struggles to find any sort of stability in the middle order and proven middle order players like Yuvraj and Raina continue to remain outside the mix, former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin said the team should consider relaxing the norms for players in the twilight of their careers.
“I really don’t know what the Yo-Yo Test is. But as far as fitness is concerned, everyone has to be fit. If you are not fit, you don’t play. It happens in football or any other sport. But I feel there are players almost in the twilight of their careers but who are still very, very good. Maybe fitness for them can be relaxed a little,” Azharuddin told Sport360 on the sidelines of the UAE-India Economic Forum 2017 in Dubai.
“Like for a player like Yuvraj, he has gone through so much because of his illness (cancer). I don’t think he would have passed the ‘Yo Yo’ test. There are other players as well. I am a very big fan of Suresh Raina. I feel he should come back. I saw him one and a half months back and he has become very fit. But if the team has taken a decision, you need to back it.”
Another veteran who is in the news but for different reasons is wicketkeeper batsman MS Dhoni. His 37-ball 49 in the second T20 against New Zealand while chasing 197 drew flak with some suggesting the team should start looking for alternatives, at least in the T20 team. While Dhoni’s place in the 50-over side seems fairly secure, such discussion about his place in the side can’t be healthy especially ahead of the 2019 World Cup. But Azharuddin believes it will be Dhoni at the World Cup in England.
“As far as I see, Dhoni will play the 2019 World Cup. If he had to give way to another player, he would have done so four or five months back. I can’t predict his mind but it appears to me he will play the 2019 World Cup. Naturally, it will be on merit. If he is performing well, he will play because he is one of the best one-day players.”