Dhoni's longtime friend and former Bengal cricketer Subhomoy Das will be one of the directors in the academy which will be started in Barasat in North 24 Parganas.
Subhomoy, speaking on the occasion said: “It was Dhoni’s wish that I initiate for a residential cricket school in Bengal.
"Dhoni used to tell me that the project should be made in a way where the students can have school and make studies along with learning cricket.
"So, we have designed the project in a manner where we will have a school along with modern and scientific infrastructure.”
According to Subhomoy, the initiative began around last year when he and his former teammate Mihir Dibakar met Dhoni in New Delhi.
It was initially planned that the academy which will be the first of its kind in India will be made in Ranchi, the hometown of Dhoni.
But Subhomoy informed they did not get the required land (more than 200 acres) in Ranchi. So the project was finally settled in Bengal.
The former wicketkeeper and opening batsman of Bengal also revealed that MS Dhoni had also a lot of discussions with Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar almost throughout the last year regarding the academy.he former Indian captain
Subhomoy clarified: “It will be the first time Dhoni will actively work as batting coach and mentor in the academy. At the same time, he will also assist our wicket-keeping coach in the subject.
"So, before starting his job Mahi has also taken required suggestions from Rahul and Sachin also.” The academy is likely to start functioning in the end of March or in the first week of April.