Irfan Pathan to establish cricket academy in Madhya Pradesh

  • M Poornima, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Dec 21, 2014 23:06 IST

Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan plans to establish a cricket academy in Madhya Pradesh. This will be part of a dream venture of Pathan brothers (Irfan and Yusuf Pathan) — The Cricket Academy of Pathans.

The cricketer was in Bhopal on Sunday to celebrate the sports carnival 'Howzat' at Asnani School. He also interacted with the school students and replied to their queries.

Pathan said his academy will provide cricket training under different modules. Their plan is to establish cricket academies across the country, but the first academy will be established in his hometown Vadodara, he said.

"Our motive is to promote cricket across the country. We have planned to open around 50 cricket academies. One of them will be established in Madhya Pradesh also," said Pathan.

In September 2014, Pathan brothers had made a formal announcement to open a chain of cricket academies in the country. According to reports, Pathan brothers have tied up with former India coach Greg Chappell and Cameron Tradell as chief mentors.

When asked about chances of his comeback in the Indian cricket team, he said he will play as much cricket as he can in coming years. "I will play as many matches as I can. I will try to perform well. If you play well, coaches and selectors will naturally notice you and chances of comeback will be more," said Pathan.

Replying to a question regarding preference between batting and bowling, Pathan said he was focusing on improving both, but his priority was bowling. He would not refuse to do batting if asked, he added.

When asked about decision of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA), he said young cricketers should not focus on a particular format ie T-20 or one day, but should also look forward towards four-day cricket or five-day cricket.

When asked whether coach Chappell's decision of putting him in top batting order was the reason behind his poor performance, Pathan said when he was part of Indian cricket team, he worked hard to give his best. He never blamed anyone for his poor performance.

Pathan said present captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and former captain Saurav Ganguly were very different in nature and mindset but both were excellent captains in their own right and the common thread between them is their 'killer instinct' as a sportsperson and a captain.

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