Phil Eagleston – Interview

  • What were your expectations of india before you went there?

I went out with an open mind despite what I seen was there it was very warm and also very crowded, especially in chennai. Very different to what we are used to ireland. Everyone could communicate in english so this made things easier.

  • How was your experience in Dennis Lillie’s MRF Fast Bowler Academy?

It was a dream come true working with a legent like Dennis Lillie, and training with all the other International Cricketeres from different countries. It ws tough going from 6.30am till 6.00pm. I improved a lot of my skills in bowling while there and also made a lot of friends who bentover backwards to make my stay comfortable and the food was excellent, I enjoyed greatly the Indian hospitality.

  • How did SECA help with your trip?

Without SECA this dream of mine would not have happened. Irish national coach Phil Simmpns got in contct with Bobby Rao and told him that the Cricket Ireland did not have the funds to send me out to India. I was pleasantly surprised to learn of Bobby’s contacts in India. With in three days he arranged the funding for the Visa, myPlane tickets, and my accommodation in Chennai. After I came back from India I was picked to play my first international for Ireland. I would like to thank SECA for their determined support and for making my dream come true.