MRF Pace Foundation: McGrath to replace Lillee

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Updated: Monday, September 3, 2012, 15:32 [IST]
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McGrath steps into Lillee's shoes

Chennai, Sep 3: Former Australian pacer Glenn McGrath is all set to take charge of the MRF Pace Foundation from Dennis Lillee, who stepped down as director citing age and personal reasons after serving the academy for 25 years.

Dennis Lillee, has been associated with the academy since its inception in 1987, made it an internationally renowned institution, a platform for pace enthusiasts to improve their skills.

Lillee, also announced that he would like to step down as director of MRF Pace Foundation, citing personal reasons whil eGlenn McGrath, who also trained under Lillee in 1992-93, is expected to take over as director.

Former Australian pacer, McGrath also felt that he was privileged to have got this opportunity and felt it would be hard to live up to the legacy and would strive to do his best.

"It is a tough assignment and I would be happy if I can achieve half of what Dennis had successfully done. I would like to do what I love to do and would like to give back what I have gained from the game," he said

"It is a great honour for me to work with the MRF Pace foundation. I know it will not be possible to replace someone like the great Dennis Lillee, whose legacy is hard to live up to but I will strive to do my best," added McGrath.

Moreover, McGrath also heaped praise on India's bowling spearhead Zaheer Khan and said that Zaheer had impressed him the most.

Lillee, who has created a beautiful academy for fast bowlers, which has an international repute, cited age as one of the reasons for stepping down as director of MRF Pace Foundation.

"With this 25 years of worthy service and 63 plus age, I do not want to travel away from home anymore. Because of the family and the age, you got to look at new ideas," said Lillee.

Praising the MRF management, Lillee said, "My biggest triumph is to have succeeded in starting the academy from the scratch...Built it from nothing to what it is today.

"Success would not have come but for the support I received from MRF Management. They allowed me to do it my way," said Lillee.


Story first published:  Monday, September 3, 2012, 15:25 [IST]
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