ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2017 – Allan Donald says that the eight nation Champions Trophy tournament gives little room for errors and one costly mistake could send a team packing. Donald joined the Sri Lankan team for a training camp ahead of the Champions Trophy and during his two month contract as Fast Bowling Consultant with SLC, he will work with the team to prepare the fast bowlers for the competition that will be played in England and Wales next month.
“This tournament is brutal. If you do one mistake, you are closer to getting knocked out of the competition,” Donald, who was the first South Africa to take 300 Test wickets, said.
“It’s a tough tournament. We are in a tough group as well. There is very little breathing space and mistakes can be costly. We have to come up with a strategy and first we will plan against South Africa and then we will think about India and Pakistan,” he further said.
Since retirement from cricket in 2003, Donald has been heavily involved in coaching. This is the fifth international team he will be working with, having had previous stints with England, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.
“This is my fifth international assignment. That’s the closest I can get to going out to the field. I see my role as something where I can inspire a few players. I am very privileged to work with Sri Lanka. I value ICC events very much, although as a South African I haven’t tasted much success in ICC events,” Donald elaborated.