Chennai, Jun 26: Former Australian fast bowler Glenn McGrath could be the coaching director of the MRF Pace Foundation here after Dennis Lillee decided to quit this year.
Lillee, who spoke to the media on Monday, said McGrath, Allan Donald, Craig McDermott, Troy Cooley and few others were in the race to take over the coaching role. McGrath had a glorious career with the Australian team. He took 563 Test and 381 ODI wickets.
Lillee, who took 355 Test wickets for Australia, has been with the Foundation for 25 years and has nurtured many young fast bowlers in Chennai.
Some of the youngsters who honed their skills in Chennai went on to play for India. Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Javagal Srinath among others were part of this pace academy.
"The management has not decided as of yet. They have shortlisted about four or five people like Glenn McGrath, Allan Donald, Craig McDermott, Troy Cooley and one other. We will try and zero-in on the best-suited man for the job," Lille was quoted as saying in the media.
"We have to pick the best, a person who come with hundred per cent dedication, commitment and a very good image. I have to be careful with the process and check everything out because not all great bowlers could make good coaches. The difficult thing is not getting people but selecting the best," he added.
"When I actually came here I noticed that there was no fast bowler but they were all medium pace. I am not saying it in a detrimental way but there was no fast and great swing bowler in India like Kapil Dev," Lillee said.
On asked who was the best Indian fast bowler at the academy, Lillee said: "That's a hard one to pick. But Zaheer, Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad would top the list. Munaf Patel, to me, has been a disappointment. He had the natural gift of speed but someone has obviously guided him to drop pace. S. Sreesanth, too, is a big let down. For the talent he showcased, he has actually disappointed himself more than anyone else."