M S Dhoni setting up a cricket academy in Singapore is good news for Indian students in the country who love the game.
It does not matter if cricket will ever be able to find wide global acceptance. It will retain its lustre among nations that are mad about it.
The game will continue to be a money-spinner for cricketers, particularly in India.
So, the academy in Singapore, the second outside of India (the first being in Dubai), will serve Dhoni well.
I will be surprised, however, if it makes cricket a hit with non-South Asians in Singapore.
In any case, Singapore does not have a tradition of sporting excellence despite flashes of brilliance from swimmer Joseph Schooling and the country’s table-tennis team, thanks to imports from China.
G Joslin Vethakumar