Allan Donald eyes role in new-look Yorkshire set-up

Allan Donald eyes role in new-look Yorkshire set-up after mass sacking of coaching staff last month in the wake of Azeem Rafiq’s complaints of racism at the club

  • Allan Donald is in the frame for a coaching job in the new set-up at Yorkshire
  • Donald is understood to be in the running to be one of two assistants
  • Ottis Gibson and Anthony McGrath are of interest to the club for the main job
  • Donald spent four months on a fast bowling consultancy with England in 2007

Allan Donald is in the frame for a coaching job in the new set-up at Yorkshire with an international cast showing interest in the roles.

Applications for the head coach and other coaching posts closed this week and Donald is understood to be in the running for one of two new assistant coach positions.

As previously revealed by Sportsmail, Ottis Gibson, currently bowling coach of Bangladesh, and Essex’s Anthony McGrath are of interest to the club for the main job following the mass sacking of the coaching staff last month.

Former South Africa bowler Allan Donald is in the frame for a coaching job with Yorkshire

Donald is in the running to be an assistant at the club, who sacked its coaching staff last month

However, there is strong pedigree when it comes to the support staff positions too as managing director of cricket Darren Gough attempts to put together a unit to replace the previous regime fronted by Martyn Moxon and Andrew Gale, ex-director of cricket and first XI coach respectively.

Donald, 55, is currently head coach of the Knights franchise in his native South Africa but has previously worked within the coaching teams of Warwickshire and Kent and also spent four months on a fast bowling consultancy with England in 2007.

Younus Khan, Pakistan’s batting coach until midway through last year, also expressed interest in returning to Yorkshire, having played for the club in 2007, but the 44-year-old is understood to no longer be in contention.

The sackings followed former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq’s complaints of racism at the club

To add to the global flavour, Stuart Law, the Australian sacked by Middlesex with one year remaining on his contract in October, is thought to be another potential option.

Yorkshire returned for pre-season training earlier this week guided by an interim coaching group including former England players Ryan Sidebottom and Steve Harmison.

However, with both of those two having other commitments that limits their availability to a couple of days a week, it remains unclear how long their involvements will last and what the coaching support will look like for the four-day trip to Pakistan – to play Lahore Qalandars as part of a new working relationship between the clubs – next week. 




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