Chennai: Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath has taken over the role of Director at the MRF Pace Foundation from his countryman Dennis Lillee who served the organization with distinction for 25 years.
"It's a great honour for me to work with the MRF Pace academy. I know it won't be possible to replace someone like the great Dennis Lillee. 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 42-year-old said.
McGrath further stated that the MRF Pace Foundation has been instrumental in injecting world-class fast bowlers into cricket. "MRF Pace academy's contribution to world cricket is immense. I have trained under Lillee at the foundation and have experienced first-hand world class facilities on offer."
Speaking on the occasion of 25 years of MRF in Chennai, where McGrath was unveiled as the new Director, Lillee said that he has fond memories of working at the academy and his experience has been rewarding. "It was an extremely hard decision to leave the foundation. Chennai is like a second home for me. I will definitely miss being at the Foundation, working with the staff and trainees which was an integral part of my life for the past 25 years. 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."
Lillee asserted that McGrath is the right person to succeed him and expressed hope that the academy will grow under his guidance. "McGrath is the perfect choice to carry the vision of the Foundation forward. I am happy for him and wish him all the best in his new role. I am certain that the MRF Pace academy will produce many more international fast bowlers under his guidance."
As many as 56 bowlers who trained under Lillee went on to play for India.