After acquiring the Texas franchise of Major League Cricket (MLC), the Super Kings franchise is expanding its presence by establishing a cricket academy in the Dallas Metropolitan area. The new academy, located in Lewisville, will be the Super Kings’ ninth state-of-the-art training center, following successful ventures in London and Tamil Nadu.
Louis Mariano, Director of Cricket at the Super Kings Academy, expressed excitement about the expansion, stating, “We’re super-excited about bringing Super Kings Academy to the USA and see tremendous potential for the growth of the sport. Dallas being the home base for Texas Super Kings, we’re thrilled to launch our first academy there, creating strong synergies with our long-term plans in the market.”
The move comes at a time when the Dallas Metro area already boasts eight cricket academies with over 600 enrolled kids throughout the year, generating annual gross receipts of over USD 1.75 million. The Super Kings’ entry into this thriving cricket coaching industry is expected to bring significant changes and competition, leveraging their fan base to boost academy enrollment.
The newly established academy will feature an indoor facility with six full-length cricket lanes equipped with video analysis tools, along with space for fielding and conditioning. Additionally, plans are in place to develop another turf wicket field near the indoor location as part of the academy’s future expansion.
The Super Kings’ initiative is seen as a significant step towards popularizing cricket in the United States, particularly in areas with no traditional ties to the sport. With their resources and influence, the Super Kings aim to integrate cricket into Dallas Metro schools and tap into the city’s robust youth cricket scene.
The launch of the Super Kings Academy marks a new chapter for cricket in Dallas, building on the success of their home games at the Grand Prairie stadium, where they have enjoyed full house attendances. This move is expected to usher in a new era for cricket in Dallas and contribute to the sport’s growth in the region.