Pace bowler, Ashok Dinda, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Tuesday (2 February), reveals that he is planning to open a sports academy as one of his post-retirement plans.
Ashok Dinda, in jest, reckons he might name it the ‘Dinda Academy of Pace Bowling’ – a name of a social media meme pages which troll pacers often who leak runs in any game – saying that it is already famous with that name.
The right-arm seamer, who played for 5 franchises in the IPL, retired as Bengal’s second-highest wicket-taker in first-class cricket with 420 scalps to his name and topped the bowling charts for his team for several seasons.
“Even though I have quit the game, the game will stay with me forever. I will just chill as of now, I have taken a lot of pressure all these years, there’s no headache now, so I will simply relax. And there is a social media page named ‘Dinda Academy of Pace Bowling’, so I am thinking why not open an academy with the same name? It is already famous, so a plan to open ‘Dinda Academy’ is there,” Ashok Dinda told Sportskeeda.
“You can call it a sports academy, where kids can come, stay and learn cricket. All sorts of facilities will be made available to them, and I will also be available 24 hours. I haven’t come to a conclusion yet, but there are a few post-retirement plans in mind. Everybody will get to know in the next couple of months,” Ashok Dinda added.
I have been aiding district cricket in West Bengal for the past 10 years: Ashok Dinda
The 36-year-old reveals that players from his district – Medinipur – have found shed at his home in Kolkata whenever they came to the city, something which the Cricket Association of Bengal should have taken care of. Ashok Dinda, who played 13 ODI and 9 T20Is for India, has been a great servant of Bengal cricket for a decade and a half.
“I have been aiding district cricket in West Bengal for the past 10 years, I don’t need to specifically take out time now after retirement. Everybody from Midnapore district who wanted to come to Kolkata to play cricket used to always stay at my place,” Ashok Dinda revealed.