Bangladesh news May 6, 2012

Donald not interested in Bangladesh coaching job

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Allan Donald, the South Africa bowling coach, has denied claims linking him to the Bangladesh coaching job. Donald, along with Mick Newell and Dermot Reeve, was understood to be on the BCB's wishlist but said he will not consider the offer if he is approached.

"I have not had any approach but I would not be interested," Donald told ESPNcricinfo. "I am doing a job I always wanted to be involved in and I have no inclination to make a move. My interest is with South Africa and I won't give that up at all."

Donald was named South Africa's bowling coach in June last year, when the national team management underwent a complete change of guard. Gary Kirsten replaced Corrie van Zyl as coach and headhunted his former team-mate Donald.

At the time, Donald was in the process of finalising an agreement with New Zealand, where he had worked as bowling coach. Donald was part of the New Zealand management when they defeated South Africa in the 2011 World Cup quarterfinals and was on the verge of signing for a full-time role when Kirsten came calling. Donald immediately cancelled his deal with New Zealand to take up a position which he said he "always wanted to do."

Donald had previously had roles as England bowling consultant and had done work in Zimbabwe but had not coached in South Africa, even at domestic level. He had often expressed his desire to work in the country he had played for, but opportunities were few. Only when Kirsten chose to involve him did Donald get a taste of coaching in South Africa.

Donald has also been allowed to explore other options while with South Africa. He is currently in India for the IPL, where he is working as Pune Warriors' bowling coach.

Donald is the second South African bowling coach to catch the BCB's eye. They also targeted Vincent Barnes, who was South Africa's bowling coach for eight years from 2003, when Jamie Siddons resigned mid-2011. Barnes turned down the Bangladesh job and opted for a role at South Africa's High Performance Centre instead.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • 30-30-150 on May 9, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary - IPL is a mediocre league? Really?? Wonder what you have to say about BPL... xD

  • BowledYa on May 8, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    @third-gear. Surely the BD board must have sent out feelers for Donald to test the waters and that's what he is reacting to. There are hundreds of coaches out there so why else would Donald comment unless there was something there. BD fans are hurt and don't want to look in the mirror. You should be asking why a coach resigned after just 9 months on the job and what BD should do so that does not happen again.

  • BowledYa on May 8, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Ouch! One coach leaves after 9 months and no once else wants to coach there. What's up? Surely things should have been a lot different 13 years after becoming a full member. Law is right, BD should focus on improving local cricket and get better at playing, before looking outside and acting like they are champions based on one or two performances.

  • SRPP on May 8, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    @ Bangladesh-rocks-IPL, Dude if your a Bangladeshi than hat's of to u. Really very well said because i my self as an Indian fan also bashing and argueing with some BD and PK's fans when they bring India on each and every topic for something they don't like.

  • Third_Gear on May 8, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Did anyone offered the job to DONALD ? How can a person like him act like a child!! He is not mature enough to be head coach of a first class club in BANGLADESh and thinking of APPLE. What a humor. BOWLING coach is his maximum reach dont think beyond that.

  • on May 8, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    I think BD should rather spend their money on hiring foreign coaches for their domestic level than their national squad. So much money is wasted on hiring these foreign coaches. Same is the case with Pakistan. Improve the basic structure and the national team won't need so much work.

  • ehsan_rocks on May 8, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    I think BD should work hard to make themselves a team that no one can refuse to be a coach of and until then they should refrain from saying that they are the big team. One or two performances can not prove you a big team. You should have to do many of these performances so that foreign ex-players consider you a team to coach

  • on May 7, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Bangladesh dont need u donald , noone even ask u to be a bd coach

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 7, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    what's the base of this sort of news? BCB didn't even approach him and Mr DOnald is so clever and knowing he'll not be approached, he says he's not interested. This way a coach increases his value and rise in salaray which is a TACTICS used by modern coaches. BCB knows very well Donald is not available, BCB doesn;t even bother to think about this guy because the real news is BCB is all interested in BATTING Coach and a Coach who is not interested in mediocre league like IPL. This is true news.

  • ashekahmed on May 7, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    DONALD IS NOT AT ALL CAPABLE OF BEING A HEAD COACH OF BANGLADESH TEAM.SO ITS NOT IMPORTANT AT ALL WHETHER HE IS INTERESTED OR NOT AS BD TEAM DESERVES A LOT BETTER COACH THAN ALLAN.

  • 30-30-150 on May 9, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    @Sehwag_Is_Ordinary - IPL is a mediocre league? Really?? Wonder what you have to say about BPL... xD

  • BowledYa on May 8, 2012, 20:12 GMT

    @third-gear. Surely the BD board must have sent out feelers for Donald to test the waters and that's what he is reacting to. There are hundreds of coaches out there so why else would Donald comment unless there was something there. BD fans are hurt and don't want to look in the mirror. You should be asking why a coach resigned after just 9 months on the job and what BD should do so that does not happen again.

  • BowledYa on May 8, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Ouch! One coach leaves after 9 months and no once else wants to coach there. What's up? Surely things should have been a lot different 13 years after becoming a full member. Law is right, BD should focus on improving local cricket and get better at playing, before looking outside and acting like they are champions based on one or two performances.

  • SRPP on May 8, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    @ Bangladesh-rocks-IPL, Dude if your a Bangladeshi than hat's of to u. Really very well said because i my self as an Indian fan also bashing and argueing with some BD and PK's fans when they bring India on each and every topic for something they don't like.

  • Third_Gear on May 8, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    Did anyone offered the job to DONALD ? How can a person like him act like a child!! He is not mature enough to be head coach of a first class club in BANGLADESh and thinking of APPLE. What a humor. BOWLING coach is his maximum reach dont think beyond that.

  • on May 8, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    I think BD should rather spend their money on hiring foreign coaches for their domestic level than their national squad. So much money is wasted on hiring these foreign coaches. Same is the case with Pakistan. Improve the basic structure and the national team won't need so much work.

  • ehsan_rocks on May 8, 2012, 5:19 GMT

    I think BD should work hard to make themselves a team that no one can refuse to be a coach of and until then they should refrain from saying that they are the big team. One or two performances can not prove you a big team. You should have to do many of these performances so that foreign ex-players consider you a team to coach

  • on May 7, 2012, 20:13 GMT

    Bangladesh dont need u donald , noone even ask u to be a bd coach

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 7, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    what's the base of this sort of news? BCB didn't even approach him and Mr DOnald is so clever and knowing he'll not be approached, he says he's not interested. This way a coach increases his value and rise in salaray which is a TACTICS used by modern coaches. BCB knows very well Donald is not available, BCB doesn;t even bother to think about this guy because the real news is BCB is all interested in BATTING Coach and a Coach who is not interested in mediocre league like IPL. This is true news.

  • ashekahmed on May 7, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    DONALD IS NOT AT ALL CAPABLE OF BEING A HEAD COACH OF BANGLADESH TEAM.SO ITS NOT IMPORTANT AT ALL WHETHER HE IS INTERESTED OR NOT AS BD TEAM DESERVES A LOT BETTER COACH THAN ALLAN.

  • fr600 on May 7, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Get someone from Australia if you wanna see a big change.... no Donald, no Ganguly (he still needs to learn a lot), no anyone else from BD/IN.

  • Praxis on May 7, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    I would bet anything that the next coach will be Australian too, and it should be. @abcdef_12345, sports isn't always entertainment, IPL is an entertainment, test cricket is sport. All the major cricket playing nation still take pride on their test team's performance & its not going to change anytime soon. @Ex Shopnochari, its great to support our team whether they lose or win but let's not get overboard. We haven't done anything noteworthy in test cricket yet.

  • Cric_Info1987 on May 7, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    @ Muhtasim13: I don't think Bangladesh deserves coaches of such great caliber. They should first start their practice against some under 19 teams of Australia and South Africa. I agree with Muhtasim13 completely. this was the first time BD has shown their caliber by a few individual players. It was a proud moment for us. But one Asia Cup, whereas india has won 5, Pakistan have won 2 and Sri Lanka have won 3, I think. BD has not won any ? How can we even compare. Yes, BD is coming up to their level, but its a long way before they can get better than India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. We can dream that one day Asia Cup will be ours and we will qualify in the Super-eight in the World Cup someday again. Insha'Allah.

  • Lord_Dravid on May 7, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @meety...india was given test status in a different era to bangladesh..80+years ago india was under britrish control where only a few rich ppl and the princes played cricket..there was lack of funding and resources and facilities were poor aswell..compared to this bangladesh had it all when given test status in 2000 and still today there are atrocious!.. besides between 1936 and 1946 there was no international cricket for india anyway..ppl say it took india 20years to win a test match (they did against a strong england side) but in those 20 years they barely played any test matches. And you dnt like bcci? but u keep talking about them LOL.. i think we need to set up a petition asking for the removal of BD and Zim for entertainments sake, and the ICC would be better of spending its money on improving maybe DRS or something.

  • honey-lotion on May 7, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    IMO, to be a cricket coach, one needs a thinking head, strategic acumen, sharp observation on every aspect of the game. I don't see Donald fitting into that profile as he has never played such role for SA in his cricketing days. He can at best be a bowling coach. However, that said, he was one of the most ferocious bowler of his time and probably of all time.

  • IJ-IPL on May 7, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    Bangladeshi's are perpetually in a state of Denial. Just by a few performances, a country does not become a great cricketing nation....lolzzz...BD you have just had a few performances to come in the General category of all other test playing nations. We are proud to say that we are no more an associate or affiliate member of the ICC. But merely because we are now given the status of a Test playing nation does not make us unbeatable team or the No. 1 team in the world. BD is an infant and is progressing as good as many other countries who were once at the same level as BD. But the attitude of BD fans it not acceptable. We should also realise not only the manificant achievements just the disgraceful defeats before those same countries, where we have been kicked around the ground. BD fans lack humility. It's important if we want BD to someday before a well recognized fan following country.

  • nipun027 on May 7, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    I think BCB should look 4 a fast bowling coach not as the main coach but as bowling coach only. Bcoz if BD wants 2 b a good per4mer in the cricket world they certainly need some good quality fast bowlers, spinners will do only in subcontinent pitches....

    But the main coach should b a batsmen bcoz they still lack in consistency in batting..............

  • Meety on May 7, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @Bilal Haider - I don't believe that Bangladesh declined to tour Pakistan due to any BCCI influence. Read up on some of the background - (IMO) I think you will find that there are TWO main reasons 1) The ICC won't send neutral officials - why? 2) Player unions concern over safety. I don't like the BCCI as they are a political beast rather than a sporting product, however they are NOT behind every decision that happens in International cricket! @Muhtasim13 - point being Rahul Dravid was disrespecting of Bangladesh cricket & deserves anything fired at him. Bangladesh has tracked well if you go by years - which is a timeline that is VERY relevant. The reason being is that players don't go from a youngster following cricket to a test star in 12 years (Banga's test history). It takes time to develop cricket culture at Test level. Even after 80yrs India's TOTAL test history is not very strong (sub .8 win/loss). IMO Bangladesh is tracking reasonably well (albeit slowly)!

  • British_North_America on May 7, 2012, 7:40 GMT

    Who bother about a test match?????????????/Sports is all about entertainment.Not to take pride in among 1 countries of he world.

  • on May 7, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    BD was in a very good form in Asia Cup, and they should continue it by playing to any of the test nation, they have declined Pakistan under the influenced of Indian Cricket Board. And i think there would not be any cricket for them in next 5 - 6 months. Let's see what would they do after a resting phase of 5 months. I am predicting a complete wash out.

  • IJ-IPL on May 7, 2012, 6:01 GMT

    Oh ! by the way, I heard that Bangladesh cricket board had been begging before Ganguly to come and coach their boys especially after seeing Ganguly coaching Tamin in the nets with Ganguly. They had approached him through Tamin, as Tamin had referred him. Will be good to see Ganguly coach BD. I think it's a good idea for Ganguly and BD will get a great opportunity as well.

  • Muhtasim13 on May 7, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    @ Ex Shopnochari. So after a few good Asia Cup performances, has BD become a world class side? Well, let me point out that every single match that BD has one against India has been an upset. And you're talking about India getting whacked away from home. Well let me point out again that BD gets whitewashed both Home & Away. If you wish to disagree with me, then please inform me "When was the last time BD won a test match?"

  • on May 7, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    No great surprise here, but man they need somebody to fix their pace attack. I wonder if Alister de Winter is available after missing out on the Australian job.

  • on May 7, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    the South Africa bowling coach, has denied claims linking him to the Bangladesh coaching job. Donald, along with Mick Newell and Dermot

  • on May 7, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    No wonder!!! India is fear to loose Against Bangladesh, thats why they don't host Bangladesh, Bocz they have realize how did they (BD) played against India in the Inaugural Test match!! India was badly whitewash against England & Australia. Worst perfomance as no 1 test team in the history, Mr. @Lord_Dravid, they r not better than BD , as they play decent cricket at home, But away worst than BD, see the recent perfomance that u toured and BD did, Unfortunately BD did not get any support 4m INDIA to build their cricket as like Pakistan helping Afganistan , recent future no wonder india will loose against baby Afgan, Bd in the right track, slowly they improving, their performance in the world cup just missing their run rate to qualify for the super eight, even though they have held same point of west Indies, Bangla wash NZ and very recent Kick out the giants India + Sri Lanka in Asia Cup, U guys dont knw how 2 appreciate

  • Meety on May 7, 2012, 0:54 GMT

    All due respect to Donald, but I doubt he would be have the skill set to be of use for Bangladesh for now or the next 5 years. They need batting coaches primarily. @Lord_Dravid - mate that is the attitude Oz, England & Sth Africa should of taken in respect to India 80 yrs ago!!!

  • on May 6, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    SA are lucky to have Donald. To all the present fast bowlers in the squad he will be a legend and hence it would be easier for them to heed his advice. In addition, Donald's relationship with Bob Woolmer was such that he got to understand his own action so intimately that he is able to cast a very knowledgeable eye on the best commodity in the SA test side - their bowlers. As a SA supporter i am really happy that he is so committed to the national cause.

  • Lord_Dravid on May 6, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    like ive always said teams like bangladesh and zimbabwe are wasting everyones time and money on the international scene..no need for international coaches for them..all they've gotta do is play foreign domestic teams in order to improve, simple. no wonder no one wants to play them particularly in test matches, i think BD only plays 2 tests this year lol, thank god india isnt going to host them at least in the next 10 years!

  • RK204 on May 6, 2012, 20:57 GMT

    @HusseyForever.........i completely agree with you........it will be even better if u come & coach this team..........

  • gunnerr4life on May 6, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    Now that Alan Donald is not interested in coaching BD , their fans are saying that they don't need him .. great ! I think BD board should go for mohammad rafique or Khaled mahmud as their coach .. Or even Javagal Srinath or vinod Kambli , if they need foriegn coaches .. I hope they will be interested !

  • RaffStarr on May 6, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    we can see a bit of his coaching results in subcontinent from pune warrior's poor parformance with two great captains from two top teams in the world. so what can we expect him to do with our devoloping cricket team. which is understandable..and why these sort of report was written when bbc is not even bothered talking to him?

  • HusseyForever on May 6, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    Bangladesh should have Mural Vijay as their coach.

  • xylo on May 6, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    "I am doing a job I always wanted to be involved in ". When was the last time Donald said something like this? Right, when he was involved with New Zealand cricketers. And, how long was he with them?

  • sachin_champ on May 6, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    @All BD guys : Great spirit ... incredible ... But don't you think you guys are over judging your pacers ? A couple of match in Asia cup and said a lot . BD team is growing and they need a more then a good mentor in every dept , then only they will survive in Test arena . If former BD players are so efficient then why your results are saying a different story in test ( out of 75 odds won 5 or 6 ) . Donald is a great role model , hes a coach in PWI and players like Dinda , B.Kumar have come from no where . Coach like Fleming made player like Suresh raina more sharp , Shane Warne made players like Jadeja , Rahane and don't forget Rohit Sharma . My point is that every new players need a good hands for guidance with a lot of attitude and determination , and in Indian Sub continent you will get Talent but certainly not that kinda attitude like Gerry Kristan who made Team India and won World Cup . So search hard for a good non Asian Coach .

  • theSspeaks on May 6, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    BCB showed a good intention by approaching Donald. What Bangladesh cricket needs more is that aggressive brand of cricket. Bangladesh is never short of potential but the problem lies in their approach towards winning a match. This man surely knows how to play aggressive brand of cricket....

  • Muhtasim13 on May 6, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    @ Iftakher Lizu, a Bangladeshi coach would be the worst idea ever as the BCB is highly politically influenced. Just look back at the issue over selecting Tamim before the Asia Cup to see the poor management of the BCB & the selectors

  • asiacricket1234 on May 6, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    I donno why he was even in the wish list :O. He was a great bolwer and should be a bowling coach but u cant make him the main coach :O

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 6, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    Why don't bd thnk about khaled mamud lolz

  • Raiyan24r on May 6, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    bd needs a super batting coach like lara or someone.bd needs to improve their batting in tests.i don't get the point why athar ali khan is not in the list.he has a fine brain for cricket,he understands the game properly.or he shold be tje chairman of bcb,the present chairman should be kicked out.

  • on May 6, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    whatever...i don't understand why they are searching for foreign coach...i men we can have AKRAM KHAN as a coach ..................

  • tatactg on May 6, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    @vivek,

    Jamie has no idea about BD domestic scene - as I said he never wanted to look.Right now BD has many good quality young pacers in domestic- players like Abul Hasan Raju,Shuvashish Roy,Kamrul Islam Rabbi,Taskin Ahmed Tazim,Alladin Babu etc. all bowling consistently over 140 kph and taking wickets.The only thing is they are in 18-21 age group and needs to be handled properly.And don't forget Rubel & Shafiul - they are quite pacey too.And don't forget in the recent Asia cup BD played 3 seamers in every match and they bowled close to 30 overs in all the matches.What Jamie said is clearly wrong.

  • tatactg on May 6, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    @vivek,

    Don't take Jamie Siddons as gospel truth, the guy never wanted to explore beyond his chosen 15 (always saying there are no good players) and had the most pessimistic/negative attitude toward Bangladesh. 5/6 of his chosen non-performers were dropped from the squad in the last 1 year and you can see the result is improving.

  • on May 6, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    he is not a good choies for BD

  • Nasib0078 on May 6, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    If every countries produce Fast Bowlers then why Bangladesh can't produce and if the question for selecting a coach, I think any foreign coach can lead our team as we have full of potentiality and talent in our current players.

    We should find fast bowlers or do campaign of fast bowlers in the district level of Bangladesh, I think the BCB CEO & Management should concentrate on these issues.

  • cric_lover12 on May 6, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    Flintoff, McGrath or Gillespi will be better than Donald for Bangladesh team...

  • on May 6, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Wrong choice but I don't blame him because the BCB board and management need to sort themselves out first because Bangladesh barely even play any Cricket so why would coaches want to coach Bangladesh when they know they hardly play Cricket, its a waste of time so BCB need to act first fast!

  • nzcricket174 on May 6, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Donald was happy to be in NZ but happier to be in RSA. Why would he want to go to BD where all their fast bowlers average 50+ and their batsmen average 20?

  • Ruhel_Moscow on May 6, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    no need donald.we need J.Wright))

  • SICHO on May 6, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    What can Donald do with spinners? For god's sake this man was a fast bowler

  • nafee on May 6, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    great.......i think bangla dnt need him....:)

  • on May 6, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    no player would want to be a fast bowler in Bangladesh.Thirty overs in an innings(50 over match) is bowled by spinners for bangladesh. What will Donald do if he becomes the coach?

  • on May 6, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    thanks for not come donald.......we no need a boling coch reallly we need bating coch....

  • on May 6, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    i dont want Allan donald For bangladesh coach it not time for better make his coach

  • Vernacular_Press on May 6, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Jamie Siddons said no player would want to be a fast bowler in Bangladesh.Thirty overs in an innings(50 over match) is bowled by spinners for bangladesh. What will Donald do if he becomes the coach?

  • on May 6, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    he left NZ to be in his home country in SA , what made BCB think he would cum to BD?

  • on May 6, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    No need Donald............

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  • on May 6, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    No need Donald............

  • on May 6, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    he left NZ to be in his home country in SA , what made BCB think he would cum to BD?

  • Vernacular_Press on May 6, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Jamie Siddons said no player would want to be a fast bowler in Bangladesh.Thirty overs in an innings(50 over match) is bowled by spinners for bangladesh. What will Donald do if he becomes the coach?

  • on May 6, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    i dont want Allan donald For bangladesh coach it not time for better make his coach

  • on May 6, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    thanks for not come donald.......we no need a boling coch reallly we need bating coch....

  • on May 6, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    no player would want to be a fast bowler in Bangladesh.Thirty overs in an innings(50 over match) is bowled by spinners for bangladesh. What will Donald do if he becomes the coach?

  • nafee on May 6, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    great.......i think bangla dnt need him....:)

  • SICHO on May 6, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    What can Donald do with spinners? For god's sake this man was a fast bowler

  • Ruhel_Moscow on May 6, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    no need donald.we need J.Wright))

  • nzcricket174 on May 6, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    Donald was happy to be in NZ but happier to be in RSA. Why would he want to go to BD where all their fast bowlers average 50+ and their batsmen average 20?