Sri Lanka rope in Donald for Champions Trophy

Donald will work with Sri Lanka for two months

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Sri Lanka have appointed former South Africa pace bowler Allan Donald as they fast bowling consultant for the Champions Trophy in June.

Donald was supposed to join Kent as their assistant coach this summer, but that has been delayed until 2018 due to work permit problems and the fact that Donald wants to complete his Level 3 coaching qualification.

Since he won’t be working with Kent until next year, the county side have agreed to let him work with Sri Lanka for two months.

In addition to helping Sri Lanka’s pace bowlers, he will also be working with the current fast bowling coaches they have, which include Chaminda Vaas, Champaka Ramanayake, Ravindra Pushpakumara and Nuwan Zoysa.

Donald is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka on May 1 and will be present for the national team’s pre-Champions Trophy training camp in Pallekele from May 9 to 16.

“I’m 100% committed to Kent despite the frustration of not being able to join Matt Walker and the boys as planned,” the 50-year-old, who has worked with South Africa and Australia in the past, said. “In the meantime, I’m working towards my Level 3 and this opportunity to work with Sri Lanka means I can return to coaching before joining Kent in time for next season.

“I’m following this season closely and hoping the boys can get promotion and compete in white-ball cricket.”

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) added: “Donald will join the team in their residential training at the Pallekele International Stadium where they will be undergoing a high-intensity training and conditioning programme from May 9-16.”

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