Johannesburg [South Africa]: Former South African paceman Allan Donald, who has recently been appointed as Sri Lanka’s interim fast bowling coach, believes the current Angelo Mathews-led side have the potential to win this year’s Champions Trophy beginning June 2 in England and Wales.
“The Sri Lankan attack has what it takes to win the tournament. Sri Lanka has a lot of skills. Lot of leadership with the ball… what is there to be scared of?” Sport24 quoted Donald as saying.
Insisting that he has an `inspirational role` to play with the Lankan squad, Donald said he would be working closely to assess the players’ individual goals, their health conditions as well as personalities.
Sri Lanka have been investing greatly in expert resource personnel and technology for the national team, employing a battery of former national players on full time assignment as coaches specializing in batting, fielding and bowling
The pace team consist of Chaminda Vaas, Champaka Ramanayaka, Ravindra Pushpakumara, and Nuwan Zoysa amongst others and Donald will work closely with the coaching team and conduct train-the-trainer sessions as well as working with the National Teams.
Donald will join the team in their residential training at the Pallakelle International Stadium where they will be undergoing a high intensity Training and Conditioning programme from the 9th – 16th of May.
Sri Lanka will begin their Champions Trophy campaign against South Africa on June 3 at the Kia Oval, followed by games against India (June 8) and Pakistan (June 12) at Kia Oval and Cardiff respectively. (ANI)