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Cricket ground renamed as McGrath Oval

cricket Updated: Feb 24, 2008 13:36 IST

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Retired Australian paceman Glenn McGrath felt honoured when his club Sutherland renamed its ground after him.

McGrath was a member of the Sutherland cricket team after shifting to Sydney from Narromine and though he played only a few games for it because of his international commitments, the club has always been proud to be associated with the speedster.

In order to honour Australia's most successful pacer, the club on Saturday rechristened Caringbah Oval as Glenn McGrath Oval.

"It's quite amazing, I feel very humbled," McGrath was quoted as saying in the 'Sydney Morning Herald.'

"When Steve Rixon turned up at my front door and told me the thoughts of the club and the shire to rename the oval, the first thing I thought was, 'You can't do that. It's Caringbah Oval'.

"It's quite an iconic sporting oval in the Sutherland Shire and to have it with my name on it is a huge honour, especially when you think how many amazing cricketers have come out of Sutherland and gone on to play for Australia," McGrath, who will play for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, said.