Frenzied celebrations following Team India's World Cup success continued in Noida, especially with Rhiti Sports signing a deal with the Noida Authority to allow MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh and RP Singh train budding cricketers during the Indian Premier League.
Also, all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is planning to start a sports academy in Noida. "The deal was signed to organise training sessions at our Noida Stadium 20 days ago. Rhiti Sports, the firm that manages Dhoni's business account, will manage the training part of the project," a Noida Authority official said.
Arun Pandey, chief of Rhiti Sports, said: "The three cricketers don't actually need to come to Noida for the training. Their schedule is too packed. We will make use of the technologies available."
Pandey said modalities, including video-conferencing facilities, have been worked out and training could begin during or after the IPL.
"The stadium needs some improvement," he said. The Noida Authority will soon begin work to make the stadium an international cricket venue with a seating capacity for 20,000.
The development authority will follow the procedure of application for rights to host IPL and Ranji Trophy matches.
The proposed ground will have five world-class pitches.
Although Yuvraj said negotiations are on with sponsors, the Great India Place Mall in Noida claimed it has been in talks with the all-rounder to start his academy.
"He is keen to set up his academy on our premises, but there has been no further development," said a mall representative.