Donald heads to Bloem next week

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Allan Donald PHOTO: JOHAN PRETORIUS

The Free State and South African cricketing great, Allan Donald, will be in Bloemfontein as from next week in order to officially start his tenure as the VKB Knights’ head coach.

The ICC Hall of Famer is still in Paarl in the Western Cape and due to the national Covid-19 lockdown hasn’t had the opportunity to travel to the city where he was born and raised.
With the national lockdown status dropping to Level 3 on 1 June, Donald will be able to travel up to the Free State.

Donald told Bloemfontein Courant that he has already secured the necessary documentation to travel to Bloemfontein and cannot wait to start work.

“I am heading to Bloem next week Wednesday. I will be trucking it up.

“I can’t wait to start working officially. There was a lot of doubt if I would come down if it stayed at Level 4, but thankfully the whole country will be going down to Level 3, which is fantastic.

“I’m looking forward to getting there and to start working with a few players.

“We can’t get the whole squad in but in June we will start the process. In the mornings we will get two guys in, two in the afternoons and two in the late afternoons. So, we will be able to work in six batters and get the whole process started.

“We are only a month and a half in the post-season, although it feels like four months.”
During the off season, he has been busy contracting his squad for the 2020/21 season and has brought in the likes of Jonathan Vandiar (batsman), Matthew Kleinveldt (all-rounder), Ferisco Adams (all-rounder), Duan Jansen (seamer), Jacques Snyman (batting all-rounder), Migael Pretorius (seamer) and Alfred Mothoa (seamer).

Donald was previously an assistant coach to Nicky Bojé and the Knights, and served as a consultant last season. – MORGAN PIEK