Kevin Pietersen to open cricket academies in Dubai and India
Kevin Pietersen is to open cricket academies in Dubai and India to train children up to the age of 18.
Last Updated: 04/05/14 12:25pm
Pietersen is determined to retain a link with the sport, as well as playing in various Twenty20 tournaments around the world, after being axed from the England international set-up earlier this year.
The hard-hitting batsman will open the first academy in Dubai in October with the Indian venture to follow once that is completed.
Pietersen, currently captaining the Indian Premier League's Delhi Daredevils, said: "I am going to start a cricket academy in Dubai in October. The venue is not confirmed yet but it will be a state-of-the-art facility.
"There will be various courses which will be taught and we will train kids from the age of seven to 18.
"We chose Dubai because of its central location. The facilities there are magnificent.
"The opportunity arose last year and we grabbed it. We are expecting kids from all around the world and will also be funding disadvantaged kids.
"After Dubai, the second academy is going to be set up in India for sure. It is high on priority."