MRF Pace Foundation

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MRF Pace Foundation
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Founded1987; 35 years ago (1987)
FounderMRF Limited
TypePrivate Foundation
FocusTraining fast bowlers (Cricket)
Area served
Key people
Glenn McGrath (Director)

MRF Pace Foundation is a coaching clinic for training fast bowlers from all over the world. Based in Chennai, India, it was founded in 1987 by MRF Limited, with the help of former Australian pace spearhead Dennis Lillee. Through this program, young aspiring fast bowlers are trained in a facility located at the campus of Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School, Chetpet, Chennai.

Fast bowlers who have trained with the MRF Pace Foundation and gone on to represent the Indian Cricket Team include Vivek Razdan, Javagal Srinath, Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, Venkatesh Prasad, R. P. Singh, Zaheer Khan and Shanthakumaran Sreesanth. Besides Indian players, foreign players like Chaminda Vaas,[1] Henry Olonga, Heath Streak, Mohammad Asif and Australian fast bowlers Glenn McGrath, Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee have also trained at the Foundation.[2] Sachin Tendulkar in his school days trained in the MRF Pace Foundation to become a fast bowler. Glenn McGrath was appointed director of the Foundation on 2 September 2012, replacing Dennis Lillee, who has held the post since its inception in 1987.[3]

The MRF Pace Foundation sponsored a blimp which was flown over every match, during the 2010 Indian Premier League.

Prasidh Krishna becomes the latest name, who joined the Indian Cricket Team for the Asia Cup. He's the 21st fast bowler from MRF pace Foundation.


  1. ^ Varma, Amit (January 2002). "A sense of wonder". ESPNCricinfo.
  2. ^ Sharma, Siddhartha (30 August 2015). "If Dennis Lillee didn't get you, Glenn McGrath will". The Indian Express. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  3. ^ "McGrath takes charge of MRF Pace Foundation". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 January 2021.

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