India news September 2, 2012

McGrath takes charge of MRF Pace Foundation

ESPNcricinfo staff

Glenn McGrath has been appointed director of the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai, replacing Dennis Lillee, who has held the post since its inception in 1987. McGrath, currently in India, has called it a "great honour."

"I know it won't be possible to replace someone like Dennis Lillee," McGrath said. "His legacy will be hard to live up to, but I will try my best in my role as the director at the foundation.

"The academy's contribution to world cricket is immense. I have trained there under Lillee and have experienced the facilities on offer."

The foundation has played a role in shaping the careers of several of the world's best fast bowlers, including Brett Lee and Zaheer Khan. Lillee, who spent 25 years with the organisation, hoped the foundation would continue its good work under McGrath's leadership.

"McGrath is the perfect choice to carry the vision of the Foundation forward," Lillee said. "I am happy for him and wish him all the best in his new role. I am certain that the MRF Pace Foundation will produce many more international fast bowlers under his guidance."

Lillee expressed satisfaction with the results of his association with the foundation and said that the decision to leave was not easy. "It has been a long journey. We had to begin from scratch, building facilities and slowly developing into a world-class academy. Our efforts and hard work have paid off and it pleases me to see bowlers trained at the foundation leading the Indian attack."

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  • VINODK on September 5, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Good choice, If he can coach half as well as he could bowl the young Indian pacers will benefit tremendously

  • sumit on September 4, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    easy guys....no1 ranking has gone over FURAQ hanif's head...let him enjoy till it last

  • Gilbert on September 4, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    I am very happy for McGrath and for India. This guy is a great human with a social conscience. He has worked tirelessly to make the world aware of the dangers of breast cancer after the loss of his first wife to the disease. His charities keeps alive the great love and admiration he had for first wife. I can only see the Indians profiting by his presence. I wish Glen the best of luck in his new venture.

  • mysecretme on September 4, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Good! Now is the time to get McDermott as bowling coach

  • Chris on September 4, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Can we send the Aussie pace attack there?

  • Kuldeep on September 4, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    You don't need 'MRF Pace Foundation' to make great fast bowlers but supporting pitches to encourage such skills. Even Dennis Lillee found it hard on unsupporting Pakistani pitches. There is no support from pitches in India. BCCI has pretty much turned a blind eye on it for very long time. The appointment of Glen McGrath will make no difference whatsoever.

  • Nadeem on September 4, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    Hope BCCI ends its differences with MRF & make it as our national fast bowling wing. I wish Umesh Yadav, Shami Ahmad, Varun Aaron, RP Singh, Bhubaneshwar Kumar, Awana, Ashok Dinda are made to spend time with the legend (atleast 4 weeks under his supervision)..Hope TA SEkhar is back as assistant coach as well....N finally Kaamran Khan (IPL-2 Fame) too is given a chance to iron out his flaws. Gr8 news for Indian fans...hope BCCI utilies his services optimally.. -:)..Wudnt mind him as India A bowling coach to NZ

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2012, 1:07 GMT

    @Furqan Hanif we hav created world class batsmen !! :) cheer up don't be frustrated lol !!

  • sumit on September 3, 2012, 23:23 GMT

    @furqan hanif,,,..bro,since we respect gary kirsten,i wont argue then...

  • PREMNAUTH on September 3, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    How about setting up a foundation to produce indian batsmen to be able to handle deliveries that rise above the knee roll

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