Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni is peacefully retired from international cricket, while he continues to lead Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Nonetheless, that has not stopped him from pursuing other interests, while he also remains associated with the sport, outside the field.

Dhoni happens to have a number of business ventures outside cricket. Meanwhile, he also has his own cricket academy, known as the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy (MSDCA), which began its maiden operations in Ranchi.

While it has expanded all over the country, it has also grown its wings overseas. Meanwhile, the academy has begun its operations in Dubai, in United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to a report by Gulf News, MSDCA has entered into a strategic partnership with Dubai’s prominent cricket academy, Kricket’s Spero, while the operations got underway from December 12. It is located in Oud Metha and trains kids between the age of 5-19, while registration is open for all nationalities.

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Kricket’s Spero originally began its operations in 2015, as it is run by a group of veteran cricketers, besides possessing ICC certified coaches and world-class training facilities. As of now, it trains around 1,000 youngsters, while one of its students went on to represent India U-19.

As for MSDCA, it is run by Dhoni and stakeholder Mihir Diwakar, which focuses on improving the standard of cricket training in India, as well as abroad. It possesses high-tech facilities, along with certified coaches, as it is one of the most rapidly growing cricket academies in India and overseas.

“We have come a long way today to create sports excellence and is sure to provide a meaningful platform to aspiring cricketers in the country through a structured program that equips the players with the skills they require to succeed in cricket and in life. Our unique and ground-breaking coaching programme is built around the core values with which our mentor MS Dhoni lives and plays by: Integrity, teamwork, enjoyment, professionalism and adaptability. I am confident about the fact that a systematic learning programme will teach the basics of cricket at a young age,” said Diwakar.

Meanwhile, Daryl Cullinan, a former South African cricketer, who serves as the director of MDCA, has made it clear that he wants this academy to be the leader of all. “We aspire to be the world leader in developing a new generation of players and coaches, fully equipped technically, physically, and mentally to meet the demands of all formats of the game, through the core values adopted by MS Dhoni or as we call it THE DHONI WAY,” he quoted.