Chennai: Australia's former opening batsman Matthew Hayden, who is part of the Chennai Super Kings, has plans of getting closer to his adopted home.
The opener is busy planning an academy here. And in this venture, which will be in association with the Chennai IPL team, Hayden is looking at Rahul Dravid and former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming as possible partners.
Fleming has already visited Chennai and his project should take off in a year.
"About a decade back, when I came here to practise on turning tracks, I told myself standing in an empty Chepauk stadium that I would score a century for Australia one day," Hayden told a leading Indian newspaper. "I did that, and now this is a way of giving something back to the city from where I have got so much."
Hayden also said that in his cricket academy, stress will also be given on quality education. "We should be able to understand that the kids who will be training in the academy may not go on to become cricketers in life. Education is something they can always fall back on."