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BCB extends Allan Donald's contract till 2023 WC

Published : 04 Feb 2023 08:40 PM | Updated : 04 Feb 2023 08:44 PM

Bangladesh pace bowling coach Allan Donald will now be available until the upcoming 2023 ODI World Cup in India in October-November, Bangladesh Cricket Board told Cricbuzz on Friday.

Donald was earlier appointed as pace bowling coach of the Bangladesh in March last year and the contract was until the T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. Later, BCB extended his contract till the home series against India.

"Donald's contract is extended till the World Cup," Jalal Yunus, BCB's cricket operation chairman, told Cricbuzz.

It is understood that Donald is currently waiting to get the work permit visa while the official said that they are expecting their foreign coaching staff to reach Dhaka by February 22 to start the preparations for the upcoming tour of England, comprising three ODIs and three T20Is, across Dhaka and Chattogram, scheduled to begin on March 1.

BCB is hoping to start the camp for the England series on February 23 under the guidance of newly appointed head coach ChandikaHathurusingha, who is expected to arrive by February 20.

Ireland is expected to host Bangladesh in England in their final Super League series, scheduled in May, said a BCB official. "Though Ireland have not confirmed [this to] us officially but they have informed that they are trying to host the series in England," said a BCB official.

It is understood that Cricket Ireland is keen to play the series in England instead of Ireland to avoid the rain threat that is likely to prevail in Ireland during that period.

Cricbuzz understands that the series could be played in Chelmsford.