KP to open Dubai academy

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Ousted England batsman Kevin Pietersen will launch cricket academies in the United Arab Emirates and India later this year.

Ousted England batsman Kevin Pietersen will launch cricket academies in the United Arab Emirates and India later this year.

Pietersen, who is currently captaining the Delhi Daredevils in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League, will open the first academy in Dubai in October.

"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," said Pietersen.

"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."

The right-handed Pietersen has scored 16, 26 not out and 14 in the 2014 IPL so far, with the Daredevils languishing in seventh position in the eight-team standings.

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