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Volume 7 No. 92

Franchises

Indian former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and Middlesex County Cricket Club announced they "are joining forces to launch an academy to teach young girls and boys about the sport," according to the AFP. Children aged between nine and 14 "will be put through a comprehensive cricket curriculum" at the Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy. There will be "several cricket camps beginning at English school Merchant Taylor's from August 6-9 but then venturing to Mumbai, London and further afield." Tendulkar, regarded as "one of the greatest batsmen of all time," having accrued the most runs in int'l cricket, said that "the ambition for the academy was two-fold." Tendulkar: "The objective is not only to produce good cricketers but also good global citizens of the future" (AFP, 7/18).

The Canberra A-League bid "started searching for suitable locations for a team training base" to form part of its final proposal to secure an expansion license to join the competition at the end of next year, according to Chris Dutton of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. It is understood bid officials spoke to the Australian Institute of Sport about "availability and use of training fields at the Bruce campus as well as investigating options for a commercial headquarters." The plans for a training base "will form an important part of the bid" to be submitted by Aug. 31, while negotiations have started with the ACT government about "securing a deal to play games at Canberra Stadium." More than 2,500 people have signed up as foundation members for the Canberra A-League side and the bid team "launched a call-to-arms to recruit volunteers to give them a physical presence in the capital." Bid organizers will "delay choosing" a team name, colors and logo until they find out "if it is successful," but decisions on where the team will train and where the head office will be "have to be fast-tracked" (SMH, 7/18).