Former Australia fast bowler Dennis Lillee has decided to end to his association with the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai, citing his desire to "not travel anymore". He will oversee two more training camps, before ending his 25-year association with the fast-bowling academy.
"It wasn't an easy call. But then, one of the main reasons behind this decision is that I don't want to travel anymore," Lillee was quoted as saying in the Deccan Chronicle. "I have decided not to stay away from my family for lengthy periods."
During his time with the academy, Lillee had worked with several India players. "Zaheer [Khan], Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad would top the list," Lillee said, talking about the bowlers who trained with him. "Munaf Patel, to me, has been a disappointment. He had the natural gift of speed but someone has obviously misguided him to drop pace. S Sreesanth, too, is a big let down, for the talent he showcased ..."
Lillee said he would have liked to work with the BCCI in some capacity. "Yes, I was a bit disappointed," he said. "I like to do things my way and sometimes that frightens people."