Sri Lanka rope in ‘White Lightning’ for Champions Trophy


by Rex Clementine

Sri Lanka  Cricket has hired the services of former fast bowling great Alan Donald, known as ‘white lightning’ for the national cricket team’s Champions Trophy campaign to be played in England and Wales next month, SLC announced yesterday.

Donald (50), South Africa’s greatest fast bowler will arrive in the island today and he is expected to address the media at SLC headquarters on Tuesday.

His presence makes Sri Lanka’s coaching staff all South African with Head Coach Graham Ford and Fielding Coach Nic Pothas being the others.

Donald will work with the team during the Training and Conditioning Programme that will take place in Kandy from 9th to 16th May. He will travel with the team to England and will participate in the two week training camp in Kent prior to Champions Trophy.

Donald has been heavily into coaching since his retirement in 2003 having been involved with South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and England .

SLC said that the former great, who is contracted with English county Kent as Assistant Coach has been released by the county.

The  Bloemfontein born Donald has lot of experience in England having been involved with Warwickshire and Worcestershire as their overseas signing for several seasons.

Donald was South Africa’s main weapon when they returned to international cricket after apartheid in 1992. His raw pace and pinpoint accuracy troubled batsmen all over the world and he went onto become the first South African to take 300 Test wickets.

He was the mentor of several South African fast bowlers like Shaun Pollock, Makaya Ntini and Andre Nel. Legend has it that when Nel felled his hero with a fierce bouncer during a First-Class match, the bowler burst into tears when Donald was forced to leave the field. It later emerged that he was following instructions from coach Ray Jennings to target South Africa’s premier fast bowler.

Donald toured Sri Lanka under Kepler Wessles in 1993 and humbled the hosts pairing up with left-arm quick Brett Schutlz on unresponsive wickets.

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