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Hayden to meet Srinivasan to discuss academy plans

Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden will meet Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) President N Srinivasan on Saturday to discuss his plans of setting up an academy in Chennai.

cricket Updated: Jul 24, 2009 16:56 IST

Former Australia opener Matthew Hayden will meet Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) President N Srinivasan on Saturday to discuss his plans of setting up an academy in Chennai.

Talking to PTI, Hayden said he was getting former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming, his coach at Chennai Super Kings, and ex-India captain Rahul Dravid on board to assist him in running the academy to be set up on the lines of the Australian Institute of Sports.

"I will meet Mr Srinivasan tomorrow. Things will take shape after my meeting with him. It will be a full-fledged academy like the one in Australia," Hayden, who is here to shoot a commercial, said.

"I have been discussing the issue with them (TNCA). We will have Stephen and Rahul in running of the academy. The ultimate goal is to find players who have the potentials to play for India and hone their skills to achieve that goal," Hayden added.

TNCA secretary Kasi Visawanathan also confirmed that Hayden would discuss his proposal with Srinivasan, who is also the BCCI secretary.

"It is in the initial stages. We have been having discussions with Hayden on this. He will also witness some of the ongoing first division and other league matches here. He will basically scout for talents," Viswanathan said.