Bangalore: The Board of Control for Cricket in India is eyeing a long-term association with the MRF Pace Foundation in Chennai so that India's young quicks can have access not just to the facilities at the Foundation but also the expertise of Glenn McGrath, its head coach.
Ratnakar Shetty, the BCCI's Game Development Officer, said on Saturday (August 31) that the Board was exploring options towards that end. "We are planning a long-term tie-up with them," Shetty said. "This is for the fast bowlers' training, rehab and whenever McGrath is there, our bowlers could go there."
The MRF tie-up is one of the topics discussed at the last meeting of the National Cricket Academy which will be tabled before the Working Committee of the BCCI when it meets in Kolkata on Sunday. "There are a couple of (other) decisions in the last NCA meeting that will come up in the Working Committee meeting," Shetty said. "One was about the three specialist academies of the National Cricket Academy. Actually, it should be the NCA, zonal academies and state academies, that should be the structure. The offer from Karnataka State Cricket Association to use the Alur facility (for the NCA) will also be discussed. KSCA is our member, offering a facility, but we haven't planned anything yet."