Harbhajan Singh opens academy in Kolkata, his fifth

Harbhajan Singh opened his fifth cricket academy in the country the latest in Kolkata. Speaking at the launch, the off-spinner said, “Many youngsters indulge in drug addiction in Punjab. So the idea is to divert them towards sports.”

Harbhajan Singh added, “We’re not here to make money. We are here to promote cricket. That’s what our agenda is. There’s enough talent in Bengal, India and wherever I go. All we need is to give them is best infrastructure and facilities. Who knows we may produce another Dada [Sourav Ganguly] from here.

While revealing his plans to set up the biggest academy in Mumbai, Harbhajan said, “Cricket has given me a lot, so it’s my moral duty to give something back to the game. This is not only for me or the kids, this will be a source of income for my cricketer friends as well. There are many former cricketers who are jobless. It will be a good platform for them as well.”

He said that he is not looking at coaching. “I will think about it after 4-5 years. I’ve still not thought about it whether I would get into coaching or something else.”