By CricketCountry Staff
Chennai: Sep 02, 2012
“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,” McGrath said.
“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,” McGrath was quoted as saying by www.cricketnext.com.
Lillee, who has been a part of the organisation for the last 25 years, on the occasion of MRF’s silver jubilee celebration in Chennai, shared some of his memorable moments at the academy.
"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 said that McGrath’s guidance will help the foundation grow.
"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."