India news September 2, 2012

McGrath takes charge of MRF Pace Foundation

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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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  • POSTED BY VivtheGreatest 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

  • POSTED BY sumit176 on | September 4, 2012, 18:23 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Gilliana 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.

  • POSTED BY mysecretme on | September 4, 2012, 4:36 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Wefinishthis on | September 4, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Can we send the Aussie pace attack there?

  • POSTED BY here2rock 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.

  • POSTED BY nadeemoec 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

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 1:07 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY sumit176 on | September 3, 2012, 23:23 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY VivtheGreatest 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

  • POSTED BY sumit176 on | September 4, 2012, 18:23 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Gilliana 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.

  • POSTED BY mysecretme on | September 4, 2012, 4:36 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY Wefinishthis on | September 4, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    Can we send the Aussie pace attack there?

  • POSTED BY here2rock 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.

  • POSTED BY nadeemoec 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

  • POSTED BY on | September 4, 2012, 1:07 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY sumit176 on | September 3, 2012, 23:23 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY premnauth on | September 3, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    Ind need some tear away fast bowlers like brett Lee, Dale styne ,onions and finn the time has come to stop depending on spin alone

  • POSTED BY Rajesh_india_1990 on | September 3, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    @furhan hanif if you tell umar gul as a pakistan's great pacer..have you ever seen kapil dev,srinath,zaheer khan?....INDIA won 2 world cups,one t20 world cup,one champions trophy... ...ok now you tell how many Icc trophy sa won?...common tell how many?...

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    Awesome news. Get Yadav and Aaron to train under him before the English test

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    @sumit176 bro i m an SA supporter cuz i think its the best team ever....and ure so called indian pacers are no match for the mighty SA ......and even PAK has produced legend pacers.....wasim,waqar,imran,sarfaraz,shoaib akhtar,umar gul,and many more......name one indian fast bowler who can be even compared to PAK bowlers..let alone SA...

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    well.. all i'd say is.. dat it doesnt take much to get our neighbors out! they shud realize that while our fast bowling standars are improving, their bowling batting and fielding standards are sliding rapidly.

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Now the question remains, will BCCI send the current crop of its fast bowlers to MRF pace academy? IMO, they need to.. Mcgrath was bowling till recently, so he knows what it is to bowl like to today's generation.. He may not have the built of Ian Botham or Deniss Lillee, but Mcgrath is a legend in his own right.. Forget his controversial dismissals of SRT in the famous Adeliade test in 99 or Lara in WI in 1998.. He was one bowler whom both Lara and Sachin dreaded facing simply because of his nagging accuracy and consistency in off-stump line.. He was somewhat of a sledger but Indian team needs such characters and I feel bowlers like Yadav, Aaron, Sreesanth and others have only to gain from such expertise..

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    for those who are making a joke of this-why haven't you guys have produced world class batsmen?and why guys always talk about white washes recently?why dont they talk about england not winning a single odi out ofthe last 10-12 they played in india(white wash),or our world cup victory? i can onlysmell jealousy!!!long live mcgrath.......................

  • POSTED BY sumit176 on | September 3, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    @furqan hanif,,,well our bowlers are sufficient for ur club level batsmen

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    @edassery: A very good counter-argument. A job of any institute is to train people and pass on the knowledge to the budding youngsters. MRF has been awesome at doing this. Players like Munaf Patel, RP Singh have a load of talent and potential which they had shown in patches but their work ethic is pathetic. Irfan Pathan is a product of MRF where he used to bowl 21 consecutive overs without taking breaks. He has had tough times in the last two years but he worked really hard with WV Raman to get his zip and form back at MRF and now we can see his hard work paying off. Can the same thing be said about MP and RP? No work ethic and very very lazy. Do not blame the system. Our budding bowlers are blessed to have McGrath and Lilee in MRF. Rather blame the players for their poor work ethic and lazy attitude.

  • POSTED BY Sachin_the_god_forever on | September 3, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    Dennis lilee is not only produced great bowlers but he is the one who is responsible for the greatest batsmen the world has ever seen...our one and only sachin tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY Sachin_the_god_forever on | September 3, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Dennis lilee is not only produced great bowlers but he is the one who is responsible for the greatest batsmen the world have ever seen...our one and only sachin tendulkar.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | September 3, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    And those who dont know what is MRF pace foundation kindly refer to Wikipedia before commenting....

  • POSTED BY bolthaa on | September 3, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    All I see is, though MRF pace foundation aims at producing better fast bowlers, some how bowlers who train there tend to become less effective (no disrespect to lillie).... This makes me believe that Lillie's aliegience lies else where... Look at people who play county cricket.... Zak for example.. he became better and one of the best left arm bowler after he played English county cricket... we dont want australians. they have never did anything good for indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY kc69 on | September 3, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    A lot of commentators have no idea that their own country has pacers trained as MRF pace academy for example Mitchell Johnson,James Anderson,Umar Gul,Chaminda Vaas etc.Yes BCCI has a lot of money to invest but hope this academy gives priority to indian bowling rather than training outsiders just for goodwill.

  • POSTED BY Edassery on | September 3, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Some of the commenters here seem to be shortsighted and less knowledgeable about the services rendered by MRF foundation. Please note that the job of this foundation was not 'producing' pace bowlers alone...but also assisting aspiring as well as on-international-job pace men to regain their form, fitness and rhythm with the right consulting. Not so long ago, India used to struggle to find 3 pace bowlers from whom they could pick two. For now, there are at least 6-7 options with reasonable quality.

    Besides Zaheer and Brett Lee, a lot of bowlers like Javagal Srinath, RP Singh, Sreeshant, Chaminda Vaas, Prasad, Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel have trained in this institute. Having said that, a pace foundation itself cannot create pace bowlers - there has to be a system in place to support fast pitches and our budding pace men rather than flat pitch bully batsmen alone.

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | September 3, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    This is huge! For the majority of bowlers in India are medium fast rather than fast, McGrath can be the perfect guide. He has got great work ethics and a sea of experience. It can only help young bowlers to hone their skills under a man of McGrath's class.

  • POSTED BY kb_joker on | September 3, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    What about a spin academy for India? B.S.Bedi and Anil Kumble could help out spinners from all countries. Spin academy suits India more as the wickets in India do favour that art.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | September 3, 2012, 4:34 GMT

    @Furqan Hanif - No need to poke fun at anyone trying to get better. What wouldn't others do to produce batsmen like India does!

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 4:25 GMT

    Why india hasn't created fast bowlers when a legend like lilee had been in charge of pace academy?

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    You dont need acadamy to produce a fast bowler.If you dare make home pitch bouncy that support fast bolwer

  • POSTED BY Scgboy on | September 3, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    obviously , you have to a solid first class system in place to produce good cricketers , but as rod marsh said about his time in the Academy in Oz , its more of a finishing school , than anything else. How bad can it be to get advice , from legends like Lillie and Mcgrath, plus other top coaches , diet experts etc

  • POSTED BY klapka on | September 3, 2012, 3:33 GMT

    It should officially be renamed MRF medium pace foundation now!

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    Its very nice.. this man can carve some good line and length pace bowlers for India...

  • POSTED BY here2rock on | September 3, 2012, 2:59 GMT

    Only one to do well out of this deal will be Glenn McGrath. Can anyone name a one great Indian fast bowler as a product of the MRF Pace Foundation? Pace bowlers are not made from academies but they are product of nature to bowl fast. India has dust bowls, why would you want to be a fast bowler?

  • POSTED BY on | September 3, 2012, 1:18 GMT

    the academy which produced a pace bowler like venkatesh prasad...

  • POSTED BY Masud_BITK on | September 2, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    Folks, training a few months or few days do not mean that they are product of this foundation. I see a little contribution of such foundation to nurse a pace bowler. What they do, they took the best pacers and the do some top training. It I can tell the refacing the bowlers at top level. Please don't forget the local club who developed them into this level.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Srinath and Prasad are also from this pace academy..... i believe most of the pace bowlers we have seen ion last 2 decades have honed their skills going to this pace academy....

  • POSTED BY Bobby_Talyarkhan on | September 2, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    It is easy to be cynical about the MRF's contribution to Indian cricket, especially if you are not old enough to remember what the Indian pace attack was like in the seventies. In the early seventies, Abid Ali would bowl a few roundarm dobblers while Eknath Solkar would bowl a few overs of left arm medium cutters to take the shine off the ball for the spinners. When Madan Lal and Kharsan Ghavri were picked to open the bowling in 1974 people were jubilant that at last we had some "genuine" (medium) pace bowlers! Only problem was the opposition had a young Andy Roberts in their attack. Compared to those days India has an embarrassment of riches in the pace bowling department now. At least you get bowlers bowling over 130 kph consistently. Problem is that they keep breaking down so there is a job for McGrath to sort out. Also IPL means many of them don't want to bowl as fast as they can. I agree that we need a spin academy as we seem to have lost the art - who should lead that? Who else?

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 19:50 GMT

    Muhammad Irshad and Muhammad Asif also trained in this academy......

  • POSTED BY SamratSunny on | September 2, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Very good news! All the very best for Glenn McGrath.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    world's best fast bowlers, including Brett Lee and Zaheer Khan <-- :P

  • POSTED BY the_wallster on | September 2, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    India has a pace academy?

  • POSTED BY KVAM on | September 2, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Thanks to MRF foundation for gifting Sachin to the cricketing world by refusing his request to become a fast bowler. That shows how unselfish Lillee was!!!!........

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    WELCOME McGIE......Your upcoming career as a coach in MRFPF shall be an unsuccessful one like Lilly.We must make you failed by not letting you produce a consistent Indian fast bowler through out your career here and we have that guts to say this right now..!!

  • POSTED BY avmd on | September 2, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    Lillee a great fast bowler, was with MRF for 25 years ? then how come no Wasim Akram or waqar yunis or even kapil Dev or Jagwal Srinath came out of MRF pace foundation. India has a long list of mediocre pace bowlers but no one special ? So much effort and money for little gain.India is still opening with spinner in tests.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    There could also be a Spin foundation

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | September 2, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Good for Indian cricket .. Well done BCCI and MRF

  • POSTED BY Hardy1 on | September 2, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    I think people are missing the point here - the pace foundation isn't there to serve India alone but world cricket as a whole (case in point - see Brett Lee) and even if it's not producing brilliant bowlers for India, it is still helping young men to earn a livelihood in the game that they love in domestic cricket even if they do not make the national squad.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Welcome Piegon. I am your big fan and to see you in india is a great pleasure. Wish you all the best. You are the perfect choice for MRF foundation.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    What a choice we Chennaites are really proud of MRF Pace Foundation. Very good choice. Well done guys. Senthil congrats.

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    No wonder indian team has so many fast bowlers that they cant decide who to pick.......and because so these pacers they have an enviable record overseas......as we can recently see they white washed england (in england) and australia (in australia).......great work MRF PACE ACADEMY and denis lillle...

  • POSTED BY Sachit1979 on | September 2, 2012, 16:01 GMT

    Dennis Lillee has done too much for MRF pace foundation in last 25 years. He has really helped producing some really fantastic fast bowlers. Now it's again great to see that heritage is being passed into correct and eligible hands of Glenn McGrath. Goodbye Lillee, welcome McGrath.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | September 2, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    What an honour it is to have Glenn McGrath taking over from the legendary Lillee! Welcome to India once again, Glenn! We hope you enjoy it as much as Mr. Lillee did!

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | September 2, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    VERY GOOD DECISION BUT I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY BCCI CAN'T MAKE MCGRATH AS COACH OF INDIAN TEAM .

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | September 2, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Don't worry McGrath. U r much better bowler than. Lillie who was afraid of playing in subcontinent

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    who better than the Pigeon to replace Lillee? :D

  • POSTED BY arun_padmanabhan on | September 2, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Wow! that is great news. Hope MRF produces giants in indian cricket!

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | September 2, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    compaing zaheer khan with bret lee is unfair. lee is way better and faster. its like comparing umesh yadav with washim akram

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Great News !!! Hope under the leadership of Mcgrath, MRF pace foundation will flourish.

  • POSTED BY Daveptee on | September 2, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Great choice.Just the right person for the job!

  • POSTED BY newnomi on | September 2, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    25 years and not one 90mph bowler to emerge from this academy for India! Wonder what the point is of continuing such an institution. Also wonder about the savvy of those that are investing in this. In any other field, such a failed business investment would have been cut off years ago.

  • POSTED BY QaisarJaan on | September 2, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    An academy headed by Lillee and now Mcgrath, producing the likes of Kuruvilla, Mohanty, Balaji, Prasad, Sreesanth, Nehra, Munaf, RP, Yadave, Sharma,... Something seriously wrong somewhere

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  • POSTED BY QaisarJaan on | September 2, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    An academy headed by Lillee and now Mcgrath, producing the likes of Kuruvilla, Mohanty, Balaji, Prasad, Sreesanth, Nehra, Munaf, RP, Yadave, Sharma,... Something seriously wrong somewhere

  • POSTED BY newnomi on | September 2, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    25 years and not one 90mph bowler to emerge from this academy for India! Wonder what the point is of continuing such an institution. Also wonder about the savvy of those that are investing in this. In any other field, such a failed business investment would have been cut off years ago.

  • POSTED BY Daveptee on | September 2, 2012, 14:47 GMT

    Great choice.Just the right person for the job!

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Great News !!! Hope under the leadership of Mcgrath, MRF pace foundation will flourish.

  • POSTED BY wiseshah on | September 2, 2012, 14:56 GMT

    compaing zaheer khan with bret lee is unfair. lee is way better and faster. its like comparing umesh yadav with washim akram

  • POSTED BY arun_padmanabhan on | September 2, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Wow! that is great news. Hope MRF produces giants in indian cricket!

  • POSTED BY on | September 2, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    who better than the Pigeon to replace Lillee? :D

  • POSTED BY warneneverchuck on | September 2, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Don't worry McGrath. U r much better bowler than. Lillie who was afraid of playing in subcontinent

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | September 2, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    VERY GOOD DECISION BUT I CAN'T UNDERSTAND WHY BCCI CAN'T MAKE MCGRATH AS COACH OF INDIAN TEAM .

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | September 2, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    What an honour it is to have Glenn McGrath taking over from the legendary Lillee! Welcome to India once again, Glenn! We hope you enjoy it as much as Mr. Lillee did!