Indian Premier League 2012 January 21, 2012

Ganguly, Donald join Pune Warriors coaching staff

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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...

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2012, 9:18 GMT

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

  • akhilesh 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..

  • sairam 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!!

  • P 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.

  • Dummy4 on January 22, 2012, 9:55 GMT

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

  • Nikhil 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!

  • Kunal 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....

  • Dummy4 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 !!!!

  • Anand 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.

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