Former South African fast bowler, Allan Donald has been named as Bangladesh’s fast-bowling coach till the 2022 T20 World Cup. He succeeds Ottis Gibson, who chose not to renew his contract in January of this year.
Donald, who is often accredited for the success of South African cricket, will reunite with former teammate Russell Domingo, who is now the head coach of Bangladesh’s national team. In 2013, Donald also served as South Africa’s bowling coach under Domingo. This will be his first international coaching post since serving as the bowling consultant for Sri Lanka during the 2017 Champions Trophy. His first task with the Bangladesh squad will be a March 18 visit to South Africa, where they will play three One-Day Internationals and two Tests.
“Donald has worked with plenty of teams in the past,” BCB’s cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus said. “He was South Africa’s fast bowling coach. He is regarded as one of the finest fast bowlers in the world, counted among the likes of Sir Richard Hadlee, Dennis Lillee and Glenn McGrath. I am sure he will inspire our fast bowlers.”
Since 2020, Allan Donald has served as the head coach of the Knights, a South African domestic team. Apart from experiences with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, Warwickshire and Kent in county cricket, and Mountaineers in Zimbabwe domestic cricket, Donald worked with the England men (2007), New Zealand men (2010-11), and South Africa men (2013-15). In addition, he has been a regular commentator.
Donald is one of South Africa’s all-time greats, and when he retired from international cricket in 2003, he was the country’s highest wicket-taker in both Tests and ODIs. In 2019, he was honoured into the ICC Hall of Fame.