Indian Premier League 2012 January 21, 2012

Ganguly, Donald join Pune Warriors coaching staff

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Sourav Ganguly and Allan Donald have been added to the Pune Warriors coaching staff ahead of the fifth season of the IPL. Donald will be the team's bowling coach, while Ganguly will play a dual role as player and mentor. The Warriors will be without a head coach - Geoff Marsh left to coach Sri Lanka - and Donald and Ganguly will join Paddy Upton, the mental and conditioning coach, and Praveen Amre, the batting coach.

Ganguly, who joined the Warriors midway through last season as a replacement for Ashish Nehra, has been retained by the franchise for $400,000. That leaves the Warriors with $1.6 million to spend in the February 4 auction.

Donald, who is the South Africa bowling coach, will be available during the IPL, since South Africa do not have any international cricket in April and May. The Warriors are keen to get Donald to come to India to conduct a bowling camp with their bowlers before South Africa leave for their tour of New Zealand on February 9. The camp will have to be held sometime between January 23, when South Africa's home series against Sri Lanka ends, and February 4, when the Duleep Trophy starts.

The Warriors had a poor first season in the IPL in 2011, finishing second last in the table. Ganguly, who went unsold in the initial auction, was unable to make an impact after joining the Warriors, with a highest score of 32 in four innings, but sees his role expanded this year. The $400,000 paid to retain Ganguly was the same as his base price in the 2011 auction.

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  • on January 24, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Dada jst take ur revenge over KKR at eden gardens.dnt wory dada dnt knw wat people wl do dat day i mean 5th may 2012 bt i wl b there in field supportng u & ur warriors...

  • on January 24, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Oh Yes.....one square cut,one cover drive and one step out slog.....Its like watching a big firework....Waiting for ipl tickets

  • akhilesh0109 on January 22, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    so practically, pune and punjab are out of the reckoning to sign jadeja.. jadeja wont go for anything less than 2million..

  • sairicky on January 22, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Yes! Dada can play a vital role!! But i feel it's better to have Smith as a skipper!!

  • squarepeg on January 22, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Donald is a great choice, and Pune has some top-class players. Ganguly can either make or destroy any team. He is worth 10 runs to the opposite team just from poor fielding, which he has to make by scoring enough and fast. Future will tell us if he too, like Sachin and Laxman in tests, is just playing for ego or is still worth $ 400000.

  • on January 22, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    I am excited to see Dada back on the field with all his experience and leadership skills.....

  • NikhilNair on January 21, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    sriram177.. You are 100% RIGHT! Indian team needs someone like dada to help the team fight in the longer version. Right now, I'm not sure if Fletcher will do the job, so the presence of dada will greatly help the atmosphere amidst the team as he is a real motivator! I wish there was someone in Indian management to read through comments in cricinfo and suggest the idea to the team! We have so many good ideas!

  • Roykunal on January 21, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Really it is sad to see that the clubs in IPL are arranging so much whereas BCCI is just making money with the national team facing disasters in Tests.Players like Ganguly,Kumble should be appointed as mentors for the national team which does not have a single fighter to the core in Test matches for future..We have great scope in one days but looking at test side after say 3years,we have a team whose most experienced batsman is MS Dhoni.BCCI should learn from the clubs in IPL and instead of amassing billions and trillions,it should spend some on trainers,mentors,camps etc.India did well when they had Prasad as bowling coach,Robin singh as fielding coach.But what has happened now???Why only Duncan Fletcher????Time for BCCI to think before this Team India becomes another West Indies team after retirement of the Big3....

  • on January 21, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    what does this "failed to make an impact in the 2011 edition of the IPL" mean...?? come on, Cricinfo act a bit unbiased!! This caption is so misleading!! what a player can do in last 4 matches of a tournament? and talking about "impact": if 18,000+ international runs, 38 centuries with 120+ wickets don't make any "impact", I don't know what does !!!!

  • andy1984 on January 21, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    Dada has the last laugh again. SRK and others tried their best to keep him out. But as usual Dada rises again. A good move by the the PWI. 1st and foremost Dada's presence in the team would be a big crowd puller and will also build up a strong fan base. If I remember correctly all the four matches he played in last year were sell outs. The big match this season will be when Pune play KKR at eden gardens.

  • on January 24, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Dada jst take ur revenge over KKR at eden gardens.dnt wory dada dnt knw wat people wl do dat day i mean 5th may 2012 bt i wl b there in field supportng u & ur warriors...

  • on January 24, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Oh Yes.....one square cut,one cover drive and one step out slog.....Its like watching a big firework....Waiting for ipl tickets

  • akhilesh0109 on January 22, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    so practically, pune and punjab are out of the reckoning to sign jadeja.. jadeja wont go for anything less than 2million..

  • sairicky on January 22, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Yes! Dada can play a vital role!! But i feel it's better to have Smith as a skipper!!

  • squarepeg on January 22, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Donald is a great choice, and Pune has some top-class players. Ganguly can either make or destroy any team. He is worth 10 runs to the opposite team just from poor fielding, which he has to make by scoring enough and fast. Future will tell us if he too, like Sachin and Laxman in tests, is just playing for ego or is still worth $ 400000.

  • on January 22, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    I am excited to see Dada back on the field with all his experience and leadership skills.....

  • NikhilNair on January 21, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    sriram177.. You are 100% RIGHT! Indian team needs someone like dada to help the team fight in the longer version. Right now, I'm not sure if Fletcher will do the job, so the presence of dada will greatly help the atmosphere amidst the team as he is a real motivator! I wish there was someone in Indian management to read through comments in cricinfo and suggest the idea to the team! We have so many good ideas!

  • Roykunal on January 21, 2012, 21:00 GMT

    Really it is sad to see that the clubs in IPL are arranging so much whereas BCCI is just making money with the national team facing disasters in Tests.Players like Ganguly,Kumble should be appointed as mentors for the national team which does not have a single fighter to the core in Test matches for future..We have great scope in one days but looking at test side after say 3years,we have a team whose most experienced batsman is MS Dhoni.BCCI should learn from the clubs in IPL and instead of amassing billions and trillions,it should spend some on trainers,mentors,camps etc.India did well when they had Prasad as bowling coach,Robin singh as fielding coach.But what has happened now???Why only Duncan Fletcher????Time for BCCI to think before this Team India becomes another West Indies team after retirement of the Big3....

  • on January 21, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    what does this "failed to make an impact in the 2011 edition of the IPL" mean...?? come on, Cricinfo act a bit unbiased!! This caption is so misleading!! what a player can do in last 4 matches of a tournament? and talking about "impact": if 18,000+ international runs, 38 centuries with 120+ wickets don't make any "impact", I don't know what does !!!!

  • andy1984 on January 21, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    Dada has the last laugh again. SRK and others tried their best to keep him out. But as usual Dada rises again. A good move by the the PWI. 1st and foremost Dada's presence in the team would be a big crowd puller and will also build up a strong fan base. If I remember correctly all the four matches he played in last year were sell outs. The big match this season will be when Pune play KKR at eden gardens.

  • prasu123 on January 21, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    i think give more opportunities to Robin Uthappa.he is a good t20 player and good hitter......

  • on January 21, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    come on dada, come back to take over dhoni's role in indian team

  • subhrangshu-crickomaniac on January 21, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    great to see ganguly now have a say in selection meeting after a long time........dada rockssss.

  • subhrangshu-crickomaniac on January 21, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    good move by pwi franchise.they have valued on some great people.now they hv 2 look frwrd fr coming 4th feb auction.they need 2 get some quality players frm that like doug bracewell,philander,siddle,dinesh chandimal,bopara,swann,darren bravo,andre russell,ravi rampaul,brendan taylor,kevin o brien,tom cooper 2 name a few.also frm the terminated side kochi they need 2 get a look in jadeja,jayawardena,brad hodge,thisara perera etc.now coming back 2 previos year's team we have Yuvraj ,Ganguly, Faulkner,Ferguson,harpreet,jhunjhunwala,kartik,Bhuvneshwar Kumar,Nathan McCullum,Mitchell Marsh,nehra,pandey,parnell,ryder,rahul sharma,smith,jerome taylor,utthappa,alfonso,wagh.......thank god geoff marsh s no more.frm that 2011 team my pick 11 would b.1.ganguly,2.utthappa,3.ryder,4.yuvraj,5.pandey,6.mitch marsh,7.ferguson,8.rahul sharma,09.bhuvaneshwar kumar,10.alfonso,11.nehra...skipper shuld b ganguly...if we can bring in jadeja,kevin,russell,taylor,jaya it would b a wrld beating side.go pwi go..

  • sriram177 on January 21, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    i dont know why do any one want a mentor in t20 ...just watch the ball & hit ball with more force ...he should be hired for indian team as mentor to motivate indian team to play for entire 5 days in overses test matches...can anyone please comment about my opionion....

  • AnandSathiyamurthy on January 21, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Dada will prove his talent once again ,Hopefully his ranji trophy stint will matter this time...!

  • ThatzMyView on January 21, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    Ganguly and Uthappa opening, followed by yuvraj, pandey should be the best order.. jesse ryder is waste.. Pune need to trade him out!!

  • on January 21, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    @RamchandraShetty...The same person who stood for players who are stars today ..... Zak,yuvi etc who got you the worldcup....A peron who is unbiased in the commentary box ,stands by the team even now... Most certainly great times for the Pune team

  • Toshi4 on January 21, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Wow, Dadagiri all set to continue...! Looking forward to seeing White Lightning and the Warrior in Black together... 2 of the most aggressive and talented minds of world cricket coming together...

  • on January 21, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    happy to hear that Dada will play in IPL 5

  • amit.80s on January 21, 2012, 9:40 GMT

    Its sad to see that these clubs doing all they can like hiring mentors, bowling, batting, feilding and overall coach for their teams and they do all that for just 45 days of bashing and slogging even though Shane Warne had said and proven that u don't need a coach at this level or format but our allmighty and superrich BCCI do nothing like this for our national team they just got an overall coach but they don't think that the team need a bowling, batting or feilding coach. Shame to see guys like Akram, Donald, Jonty Rhodes, Shaun Pollock and Ganguly wasting their talent on T20 circus(IPL) but BCCI does'nt approaching them to help out our natinal team.

  • cse_sahil on January 21, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    yeah!!!!can't wait to see dada back in action!!!!

  • mrcool on January 21, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Good decision.Robin uthappa should open the innings in all matches..Pune warriors wasted him down the order in last season.

  • Scrop on January 21, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    $400,000 for Sourav is little too much. Hope he pays it back with his scores.

  • Tiptop32 on January 21, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Good decision by Pune warriors. IPL franchises should try to maximize the output on the experienced players. The first one was RR. They got their maximum with Warne. If the other franchises were intelligent enough they should utilise the services of Dravid, Sachin, Lara in the same way. Hats off to Pune warriors. You are my favourite team now.

  • Shredderwoods on January 21, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    This is a good news. Good luck dada.

  • on January 21, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    A mentor,who can not think beyond himself.Be it in the dressing room or be it in the commentary box.Interesting time ahead for PUNE warriors..!

  • on January 21, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    A real treat in waiting for Dada's fans who missed his "December action" against Baroda due to Nimbus fiasco.....

  • on January 21, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Nice to see Sourav in Pune warriors once again

  • ashish_gajjar on January 21, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    good to see ganguli in action an good choice by pune warriors i wish pune worriors rock this time in ipl-5 ....

  • on January 21, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Such a misleading caption; how does one make an impact in four games? Anyway, a great move from PWI. I wish India had this sort of a coaching staff.

  • on January 21, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    dada is back.....he is amazing as a mentor and player

  • on January 21, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    DADA is the best of all..

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  • on January 21, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    DADA is the best of all..

  • on January 21, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    dada is back.....he is amazing as a mentor and player

  • on January 21, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Such a misleading caption; how does one make an impact in four games? Anyway, a great move from PWI. I wish India had this sort of a coaching staff.

  • ashish_gajjar on January 21, 2012, 6:36 GMT

    good to see ganguli in action an good choice by pune warriors i wish pune worriors rock this time in ipl-5 ....

  • on January 21, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    Nice to see Sourav in Pune warriors once again

  • on January 21, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    A real treat in waiting for Dada's fans who missed his "December action" against Baroda due to Nimbus fiasco.....

  • on January 21, 2012, 7:30 GMT

    A mentor,who can not think beyond himself.Be it in the dressing room or be it in the commentary box.Interesting time ahead for PUNE warriors..!

  • Shredderwoods on January 21, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    This is a good news. Good luck dada.

  • Tiptop32 on January 21, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    Good decision by Pune warriors. IPL franchises should try to maximize the output on the experienced players. The first one was RR. They got their maximum with Warne. If the other franchises were intelligent enough they should utilise the services of Dravid, Sachin, Lara in the same way. Hats off to Pune warriors. You are my favourite team now.

  • Scrop on January 21, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    $400,000 for Sourav is little too much. Hope he pays it back with his scores.