Former South African fast bowlers Allan Donald was confident Sri Lanka could go all the way in the ICC Champions Trophy scheduled to be held from the 1st of June 2017 in England and Wales.
Donald is currently in Sri Lanka to work with the coaching department for at least a period of two months. He is already working with the fast bowlers in the squad for the champions trophy.
Knowing his fellow country-man Graham Ford, Donald will find it easy to work with the 15-man squad.
“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?,” he said to the reporters.
Moreover, Donald will work with Sri Lankan pace bowling coaches Chaminda Vaas, Champaka Ramanayake, Ravindra Pushpakumara and Nuwan Zoysa.
Lasith Malinga’s fitness update
Until now, Lasith Malinga has shown no sign of pain. Graham Ford has been in close contact with Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene. Malinga will continue to play until the very end of this year’s Indian Premier League.
“I’m really hoping that he’s going to be 100% fit. Before he left for the IPL, some of the work that he was putting in gave me great confidence. I’m not at all looking at the possibility that he might be half-fit. All the reports I’ve had is that he’s going really well. I’ve spoken to Mahela a couple of times, and when Mumbai left him out for one game I quickly got hold of Mahela wondering if there was something wrong. He said there’s nothing wrong with him, but that the programme is so hectic that they have plans to win the competition and they need him to go the whole way through. Rest time is important,” said Graham Ford.
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