Team India’s captain for the shorter versions of the game, Mahender Singh Dhoni has recently been named as the brand ambassador and face of the Craig McDermott cricket academy in Australia. For starters, the Craig McDermott International Cricket Academy (CMICA) is one of the leading private cricket academies in Australia.
It provides state of the art facilities and courses like a four year undergraduate degree in Sports Science and Management, with a focus on Cricket. Cricket has been one of the leading sports in Australia and this would help add an international value to the academy.
Speaking at the event, Dhoni said that he was excited to be a part of the venture and was eagerly looking forward to the opportunity to mentor and train young cricketers both in Australia and India. He also added that this was the perfect opportunity for him to give back to the game of cricket, especially when team India plays 17 test matches in the upcoming calendar. The former test skipper also stated that this would help to create a perfect balance between education and sport.
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This deal makes the 2011 world cup winning skipper the first international cricketer to be associated in any form with a venture capitalist firm. The deal was put into place with the signing of a deal between Rhiti Sports and CMCIA, along with Dhoni recently being signed as the global face of Secured Venture Capital, a firm owned by Craig McDermott. He added that he did not know much about the functioning of a venture capitalist firm and that makes this opportunity a risk he is more than willing to take. Known for his calculations and perfect executions, we are sure he’d do a great job.
He said that no matter how much you research about something new, there’s always a possibility of things going wrong and that’s when you actually learn. As a cricket loving nation, we cannot help but feel happy and proud that the skipper of the limited versions of the game is willing to give back to the game and help nurture young talent, like he always does.