On a high after his match-winning spell in the Champions League T20 final, Harbhajan Singh announces to open his second institute of cricket in association with Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association.
HPCA’s state-of-the-art cricketing facility is one of the most modern and well equipped infrastructures that will now have cricket academies of two flamboyant players of the Indian team, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh.
Both the academies are being set up to improve the standards of cricketing talent across the region. Commenting on the move, Harbhajan Singh said, “HPCA is the best-in-class facilities available to cricketers in Himachal Pradesh. I am certain that cricket enthusiasts all over the region will soon benefit from the cricket academy that I plan to set up here. My team and I will make sure to bring in the best cricketing facilities to nurture the talent and a dedicated set of coaches to groom the talent in right direction.”
A specialist bowler, Harbhajan has the second-highest number of Test wickets by an off spinner. Harbhajan’s success is all credit to a work ethic that included a three-hour training session in the morning, followed by an afternoon session lasting from 3 pm until after sunset. He has experienced the same zeal and passion among kids in his region and feels it’s just the right training that these students lack.
The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) has grown from strength to strength over the past 12 years on the sheer hard-work of the people who run it and the support of those who love the game the of cricket. Today Himachal Pradesh is not only making a valuable contribution to Indian cricket but has also created its own identity on the international cricketing map.
Commenting on the scenario, Shri Anurag Thakur, MP Lok Sabha and President, HPCA said, “It is indeed a proud moment for all of us at HPCA to associate ourselves with truly world class cricketers like Harbhajan and Yuvraj.
I think these cricket academies will play a significant role in unearthing new talent and shaping the future of Indian cricket. It has for long been our endeavour to promote sports at the grass roots levels in the region and this association with Harbhajan is yet another step in that direction.”
Harbhajan Singh Institute of Cricket is currently operational in Jalandhar. Spread across acres of green land, this facility is currently training over 200 students of Punjab.