Last Update on: February 18th, 2020 at 06:52 pm
The former fast bowler of the South Africa Allan Donald appointed as new head coach of Knights franchise. He will replace Alan Kruger from May 1st 2020 to take the charge in the upcoming fixtures for the Knights. After his retirement from international cricket in 2003, Donald has served as a coach in various positions.
One of those was the bowling coach duties when Gary Kirsten was serving as a head coach between 2011 and 2013. Donald played 72 Tests for South Africa, taking more than 300 wickets, and retired with 20 five-wicket hauls to his name, at an average of just over 22. He also played 164 ODIs and retired with a bowling average just below 22.
Known as ‘White Lightning’, Donald is remembered as a fearsome fast bowler. A frightening fast bowler with a classical action, Donald led the way for the new generation of pace devils who would enthral the crowds later on.
Allan Donald is a legend in his own right – CEO of Knights
Speaking of the appointment, the CEO of Knights Johan Van Heerden stated that they are delighted to have the services of Donald, who played a lot of cricket for South Africa on the international stage. He believes the appointment of Donald is a great blessing for the youngsters in the side.
“Allan Donald is a legend in his own right. He has the passion, pride, and he lives for the people in the central region. The players look up to him and we know he will have an influence on the team”, commented CEO of Knights, Johan van Heerden.
“Allan is a good candidate to take the team to greater heights. We welcome him back to the central region, and hopefully, the results will be rewarding as well. Kruger’s contract comes to an end at the conclusion of this season, and going forward we felt that the Knights needed someone with extensive international coaching experience, who has coached at the highest level of the game to take the team to the next level,” he added.
Donald was the bowling coach and was also made the head coach of the Pune Warriors team in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He had a forgettable time with the team as they always finished last or just one spot above in the three years that he was in charge.
However, after the team was terminated in 2014, Donald was drafted by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to be their bowling coach.