MRF foundation, BCCI sign MoU; McGrath to train fast bowlers

The MRF Pace Foundation and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) signed a memorandum of understanding for the next five years. Under the MoU, the BCCI will send its ten current and 20 upcoming pacers to get trained under the foundation’s director and legendary cricketer Glen McGrath.
The current fast bowlers of the BCCI, which comes under the elite catergory, can attend the camp during all three visits of Glenn McGrath in a year between – Jan-Feb; June-July and August – September. The first such training camp has begun on September 1, 2014.
Upcoming fast bowlers, who will be identified and shortlisted by the National Selectors, would undergo training for a period of 30 days. These 20 trainees will be split into two groups (ten each) and attend the camp in May-Jun and July- August.
The 27-year old foundation has played host to several legends of cricket, including Jeff Thomson, Greg Chappell, Ian Chappell, Joel Garner, Rodney Marsh, to name a few.
K M Mammen, Chairman and Managing Director, MRF Limited, said, “For the last 27 years, the MRF Pace Foundation has worked with a single minded focus of producing pace bowlers for India. Everything we have done at the Pace Foundation, in terms of the tie-ups we have entered into, the infrastructure we have invested in, the staff we have trained, has been planned with this single objective in mind. We are extremely proud of what we have achieved so far. 17 of our trainees have played for the country, taking over 2,000 international wickets. Today, we are proud to announce the official partnership between the BCCI and MRF Pace Foundation to train pace bowlers for India. This new agreement will help us work together even more effectively to produce great results.”
“This is a great moment. The association between the BCCI and the MRF Pace Foundation will hugely benefit Indian cricket in the long run,” Shivlal Yadav, Interim President, BCCI, said.
“The BCCI is pleased to initiate this partnership with the MRF Pace Foundation, an institution where several outstanding pace bowlers have honed their skills over the past three decades. These individuals have done the country proud with their achievements in all forms of the game. We are confident that this partnership between the BCCI and the MRF Pace Foundation will help produce many more quick bowlers, who will bring glory to India, in the years to come,” Sanjay Patel, Secretary, BCCI, said.
“It has been a wonderful couple of years for me at the MRF Pace Foundation. I now eagerly look forward to working with India’s best at the foundation. Our facilities compare favourably with the best in the world and I am eagerly looking forward to this challenge.” said, MRF Pace Foundation Director, Glenn McGrath.

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