Home > News >

Kevin Pietersen to start academy in Dubai; India next destination

Kevin Pietersen was at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi to announce the city's two lucky winners who will be flying to the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil © PTI
Kevin Pietersen was at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi to announce the city’s two lucky winners who will be flying to the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil © PTI

By Abhishek Hore

New Delhi: May 4, 2014

Star batsman Kevin Pietersen has embarked on a journey to produce future stars as the maverick England discard is all set to open a state-of-the-art academy in Dubai in October with India earmarked as his second destination, which will also support “disadvantaged kids”.

“It’s going to start in October in Dubai. The venue is still to be confirmed. Kids from seven to 18 years of age will be part of the academy,” Pietersen told PTI on Sunday.

“There will be different courses and we will encourage kids from all over the world to come to take up the course for two weeks. I am going to fund a lot of disadvantaged kids and will have a hands-on approach towards the academy,” the former England batsman added.

India is also in his wish-list as far as setting up his ‘Kevin Pietersen Academy’ is concerned.

“Definitely, India is one of the places. I am going to target India next [for his academy].”

The 33-year-old Pietersen, who has played 104 Test matches, 136 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 37 Twenty20 Internationals in a very successful career spanning a decade, was in February axed from the England set-up ahead of the tour to West Indies and ICC World T20 2014, putting a definite end to his international career that also had its share of controversies.

Adidas brand ambassador Pietersen was at the Ambedkar Stadium in New Delhi to announce the city’s two lucky winners who will be flying to the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil as flag bearers for one of the matches.

The former England batsman is now gung-ho about his new initiative.

“It’s been really quite exciting for me, entering a fantastic journey and I am looking forward to it, I can’t wait for it to start. It’s [the academy in Dubai] is the first one of many,” he added.

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Southampton

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

More

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Colombo

Match drawn

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 18, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 6 wkts

Photos

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test

Videos

Shaun Udal on India vs England 3rd Test

Phil Hughes smashes List A double-ton: List of batsmen who have achieved same feat

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014: Key highlights from Test series

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton stats highlights: Day 2

Moeen Ali wears ‘Save Gaza’ band: Instances where cricketers made political statements on the field

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Jos Buttler’s blitz, Ian Bell’s century and other highlights from Day 2

Alastair Cook England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa vs Sri Lanka South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

Phil Hughes smashes List A double-ton: List of batsmen who have achieved same feat

India A need 235 to beat National Performance Squad

Phil Hughes becomes first Australian and 15th overall to score double ton in a List A game

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton stats highlights: Day 2

Kevin Pietersen says boos from Australian crowd will spur him during BBL

Phil Hughes smashes List A double-ton: List of batsmen who have achieved same feat

Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014: Key highlights from Test series

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton stats highlights: Day 2

Moeen Ali wears ‘Save Gaza’ band: Instances where cricketers made political statements on the field

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Jos Buttler’s blitz, Ian Bell’s century and other highlights from Day 2

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

Phil Hughes smashes List A double-ton: List of batsmen who have achieved same feat

Several parts of Kashmir witness protests on Eid-ul-Fitr

International observers to arrive in Russia

Anjaan video songs Bang Bang Bang and Ek Do Teen Char leaked!

Heroin worth Rs 2 crore seized in Patna, 5 arrested

India A need 235 to beat National Performance Squad

Pakistan yet to punish attackers of religious minorities: United States report

Apple iPhone 6 4.7-inch variant won’t get Sapphire glass display, iPhone 6 phablet delayed: Report

Rafael to miss rest of Man Utd’s tour of the USA with groin injury

Prevent Diabetes Tip – get regular health check-ups

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here