New Delhi: MS Dhoni has got a global cricket academy in Dubai now which he inaugurated on Saturday. The academy has also been in operation for some time before the inauguration. It will be a major boost for a city that is not exactly cricket-mad but may have a good attraction going ahead considering the rising popularity of the sport in the region.

The facility named the MS Dhoni Cricket Academy (MSDCA) will have coaches from India to train the wards. It was officially launched by the legendary former India captain himself 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 conduct regular matches and will also field squads in tournaments to enable trainees to gain vital match practice.

There is also an aim to engage the parents in the overall development of their children while they train at the academy. The coaching staff, led by former Mumbai bowler Vishal Mahadik, is well equipped to manage the progress of the students. (With PTI inputs)