Bangladesh news May 6, 2012

Donald not interested in Bangladesh coaching job


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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  • Deepak 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

  • Zee 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.

  • Zee 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.

  • Sanket 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.

  • Enamul 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.

  • Dummy4 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 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

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2012, 20:13 GMT

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

  • Mohsin 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.

  • ashek on May 7, 2012, 15:45 GMT


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