In a major boost for Dutch Cricket, the KNCB announced today that South African great Allan Donald will join the squad in South Africa as a bowling consultant for the vital World Cricket League fixtures against Kenya. Donald joins former Zimbabwean & Warwickshire player Trevor Penney on Head Coach Ryan Campbell’s coaching staff. Campbell was quick to sing the praises of the two men.
“As a coach I always wanted to expose our squad to the best possible people, both Trevor and Allan bring a wealth of knowledge that our boys would normal not have access to. Trevor has coached all around the world and worked with the best players on the planet. And as for Allan, I think his record speaks for itself, probably one of the greatest fast bowlers that has ever played the game, our bowlers will have the chance of a lifetime to work with him. We at the KNCB, have given the players the perfect preparation for Kenya, with Trevor & Allan’s help, we will be ready for the challenge against a very dangerous Kenyan outfit.”
The Netherlands currently sit on top of the World Cricket League with just four matches remaining. The two games on 8 & 10 October against Kenya were originally scheduled to be played in Nairobi, but was moved to East London by the ICC due to security concerns surrounding the upcoming rescheduled elections in the country.
Trevor Penney Bio
A Warwickshire stalwart for 17 years, Trevor Penney retired from first-class cricket at the end of the 2005 season to take up a post as Sri Lanka's assistant coach, where he teamed up with his former county team-mate, Tom Moody. Originally from Zimbabwe, Penney joined the county in 1988 whereupon he embarked on a four-year residential qualification. The time on the sidelines paid off in the early 1990s, when he was an integral member of the most successful Warwickshire team of all time, including the side that won a unique treble in 1994
His coaching career includes stints with India, Sri Lanka, Western Australia, Melbourne Renegades, Kings XI Punjab, Deccan Chargers, Kolkata Knight Riders and St Kitts & Nevis.
Allan Donald Bio
If the credit for South Africa's success in the modern era could be given to one player, that cricketer would be Allan Donald. Known as ‘White Lightning’, he had a classical action and top-drawer pace would have won him a place in any side in his prime, and for much of his career he was the only world-class performer in the South African team, spearing the ball in, shaping it away and always making things happen. His strike rate was below 50 in Tests and close to 30 in one-day internationals. 330 Test wickets @ 22.25 & 272 ODI wickets @ 21.78.