Allan Donald takes his name off Bangladesh coaching job.posted under: South Africa | All news
|Following present coach Stuart Law’s decision to quit by the end of June 2012, the Bangladesh cricket board had expressed interest in selecting former South African pace ace Allan Donald as national coach.
Other candidates in the running are Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell, former England cricket player Dermot Reeve and current Dean of Cricket Australia’s Centre of Excellence, Dean Jones..
Speaking to Bangladesh newspaper The Daily Star, chairman of the Bangladesh cricket board media committee Jalal Yunus said, “When we were looking for a coach last year, we didn't have much choice. We went for Stuart Law then, but this time we have some very good coaches in our radar.”
Donald though, was quick to quell all rumours related to his selection by telling ESPNCricinfo, “I have not had any approach but I would not be interested.” Donald further explained that he was happy bring South Africa’s bowling coach and that, “my interest is with South Africa and I won't give that up at all.”
Donald had been contemplating taking up the job of New Zealand coach when his former team mate and South Africa coach Gary Kirsten personally calling upon Donald to sign up as their country’s bowling coach. While Donald had already worked as bowling consultant and temporary coach outside of South Africa, he hadn’t had the chance to coach his home team at the international level.
Having taken up the job just under a year ago, Donald is not likely to give it up anytime soon. Outside of South Africa’s national side Donald also works as bowling coach for the Pune Warriors India in IPL.
People who knew Donald during his competitive days say that he is a much-changed man today. The man who was one of the greatest exponents of the toe-crunching Yorker and who went by the moniker ‘white-lightning’ is a lot calmer and doesn’t prefer impulsiveness. He’d much rather hold on to something that he enjoys doing, than move on to something that he is uncertain and unsure about.
With Donald’s exclusion, the focus in now on Nottinghamshire’s Mick Newell. While his compatriot Dermot Reeve is in the running as well, Newell’s credentials as someone who led Nottinghamshire to the County Championship title twice, makes him the frontrunner for the job.
Newell’s skills in terms of people management and getting the best out of the outfit have been acknowledged and much lauded even by players in the international circuit. Dean Jones though being considered, is unlikely to get the job ahead of Newell.