Prime Sports, National (Mumbai), July 21:- Sachin Tendulkar waited five years since retirement before launching his own academy and India batting great wants to take the venture beyond cricket’s traditional pockets, he told Reuters on Friday.
The world’s leading run-scorer in both tests and one-day internationals has joined forces with Middlesex Cricket to launch an academy for budding male and female cricketers between the ages of nine and 14.
“Along the way, there were many guys who approached me but I was not convinced with what they wanted to do,” Tendulkar said in an interview.
“If we are to do something for young cricketers then we have to be on the same page, the vision has to align. With Middlesex, that was the case.”
Tendulkar accumulated more than 34,000 runs and 100 centuries in a 24-year career that came to an end in 2013.
Merchant Taylor’s School in Northwood will host the Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy’s first cricket camp from Aug. 6-9 while Mumbai will host one in November.
“It will be in India, England and other parts of the world. It’s not necessarily just the cricket playing nations,” Tendulkar said by phone. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).