Six weeks on sidelines for Donald

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Allan Donald has broken two ribs and will be out for at least six weeks after crashing into an advertising hoarding in Warwickshire's National League win against Hampshire at Southampton on Sunday.

The South African fast bowler was ruled out of action when X-rays taken yesterday revealed the extent of his injuries. He will miss at least five Championship games, starting with the county's opening Second Division fixture against Glamorgan at Edgbaston today.

"It's obviously a major blow for the club, and of course, for Allan himself," Warwickshire's chief executive, Dennis Amiss, said. "He'd just proved to everyone that he was back to his best again by bowling quick and getting good players out."

Donald's accident happened on Sunday as he attempted to hold a catch at long-on. It is his second injury blow in successive seasons. He bowled only 50 overs in two Championship matches last summer after suffering an ankle injury when playing for South Africa in the World Cup.

Warwickshire insisted on fitness safeguards before re-signing him, and the conditions were met when the 33-year-old took 22 wickets in the winter Test series against England.

Bangladesh's coach, Eddie Barlow, who suffered a brain haemorrhage at the weekend, is to be flown to Singapore for an examination.

Barlow's wife, Cally, said her husband could speak but his left side was paralysed. The 59-year-old former South African Test all-rounder was appointed as Bangladesh's national coach last year, replacing the former West Indies opener Gordon Greenidge.

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