|Player:||RS Dravid, ML Hayden|
DateLine: 24th July 2009
Former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden is planning to set up a cricket academy in India. The academy was expected to open its doors within a year in Chennai, the Times of India newspaper reported.
The academy would have an association with Hayden's Indian Premier League team, the Chennai Super Kings, and it was also looking for support from India batsman Rahul Dravid and former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming.
"About a decade back, when I came here to practise on turning tracks, I told myself standing in an empty Chepauk stadium that I would score a century for Australia one day," Hayden told a leading Indian newspaper. "I did that, and now this is a way of giving something back to the city from where I have got so much."
Hayden also said that in his cricket academy, stress will also be given on quality education. "We should be able to understand that the kids who will be training in the academy may not go on to become cricketers in life. Education is something they can always fall back on."
Hayden informed that he had a chat with Rahul Dravid regarding the setting up of the academy during the IPL in South Africa a couple of months back. "Rahul Dravid has those values in him which I can also identify with … and I would surely love to have him with me."
Speaking about the inspiration behind the project, the burly opener revealed that it was his former captain Steve Waugh whose charity work always motivated him to give something back to the society. "I have always been inspired by the way Steve worked for Udayan in Kolkata. Similarly, I am also looking forward to do something for Chennai."