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Zaheer Khan & Co give thumbs up to Abhishek Nayar's academy

Mumbai Ranji Trophy all-rounder Abhishek Nayar launched his Indian Sports Academy (ISA) in the presence of India Test cricketers Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane as well as past masters Zaheer Khar and Ajit Agarkar at Wilson College Gymkhana yesterday.

A beaming Abhishek Nayar stands behind his Mumbai cricket mates Rohit Sharma (left), Zaheer Khan and Ajit Agarkar during the launch of his academy at Wilson College Gymkhana yesterday. Pic/Shadab Khan
A beaming Abhishek Nayar stands behind his Mumbai cricket mates Rohit Sharma (left), Zaheer Khan and Ajit Agarkar during the launch of his academy at Wilson College Gymkhana yesterday. Pic/Shadab Khan

Nayar's former teammate Zaheer gave the academy a thumbs up. "Abhishek always came up with new thoughts and ideas. I am confident that he will impart knowledge and share his experiences with these kids," said Zaheer, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket.

During a week-long selection process, ISA selected 40 players in the 14 to 19 age group. "It's always been my passion to help people, not necessarily coaching. Coaching is just a part of it," 30-year-old Nayar said.

Speaking on the objective of his academy, Nayar said: "A lot of cricketers dream of playing for India. Not everyone can play for India, but I want to make sure that some of them are good enough to play club cricket at the highest level, get a job and live a comfortable life. That is my intention."

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