Nike CEO Phil Knight has said the company will run a golf club in the Indian cricket side for the Indian team to train.
“We’ve already made arrangements for it and we will have an Indian cricket club in our own backyard,” Knight told reporters on Thursday.
According to Knight, the club would be a part of the Nike India brand, which will be launched in 2019.
India currently have two members of the ICC Test Team, but they were not part of last year’s World Cup squad.
“India’s cricket is in the top tier in the world and our country is not only the cricket powerhouse but the sport’s future, so this is a big challenge for the country,” Knight said.
Knight was asked about the possibility of a cricket partnership between Nike and the Indian government, which is currently embroiled in an ongoing legal dispute over the rights to the brand.
The ICC Board will decide in October whether to award the rights for the India-Pakistan Test series in 2019 to the cricket body.
In an exclusive interview to The Times Of India, Knight said the Indian board had asked him to consider the matter, but Nike had been unwilling to discuss it.
Indian cricket is currently in the midst of an unprecedented run of three consecutive World Cups.
The first came in 2010 when the Indian squad defeated the West Indies by six wickets to one in the opening match of the tournament.
India won the second series in 2015, but have not advanced beyond the group stage since then.
(With inputs from PTI)