Allan Donald joins Bangladesh coaching team

Bangladesh on Friday appointed South African fast bowling great Allan Donald as the national team’s new pace bowling coach, the country’s cricket board said.

“Allan will join us as a bowling coach and will work with the national team until this year’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia,” Jalal Yunus, head of Bangladesh’s cricket commission, told AFP.

Donald replaces West Indian Ottis Gibson, who left Bangladesh in January after two years on the side.

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Donald, 55, will join Bangladesh in South Africa on their trip to his native country in March-April.

The Bangladesh team will reach South Africa on March 13 to play three one-day internationals and two friendlies.

Donald currently works as the head coach of the Knights, a Division One cricket team that represents the Free State province in South African domestic competitions.

“A very special day for me,” Donald said in a video message from the BCB.

“I will also work closely with Russell Domingo, who I know very well from my time with the Proteas,” he said.

“I know he has worked hard with the Bangladesh team and I am looking forward to working with the fast bowlers from Bangladesh. A young talented couple, no doubt about that.”

Donald, an ICC Hall of Famer, is the first South African to claim 300 test wickets and retired with 330. He spent four years as a bowling coach for South Africa until the 2015 World Cup.

He has also helped New Zealand, Australia, England and Sri Lanka as a coach or advisor in the past.

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