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Donald quits as South African bowling coach

15-Apr-2015

Former South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald has stepped down as Proteas bowling coach. The 48-year-old joined South Africa's coaching staff in June 2011, when former teammate Gary Kirsten was head coach, having previously worked with New Zealand.

He worked closely with the South African bowlers as the side surged to the world No.1 Test ranking, helped in no small amount by the work of fast-bowlers like Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander.

 

I have had some time to reflect after the World Cup and have come to the conclusion that the time is right to move on.

 - Donald said.

"It was always a big dream of mine to work in the South African cricket environment after my playing days and I was incredibly honoured to be given the opportunity." 

"The last four years have been the best of my life and being involved with the Proteas in the 2015 Cricket World Cup was a goal I had set my sights on."  

"I was blessed to have worked with the best bowling attack in the world over a four-year period and leave with fond memories and experiences, particularly getting to the top of the ICC Test rankings."

"I have a lot of respect for the environment and culture that the players have created and I have no doubt that it will continue to grow under the leadership of Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis."

Donald is currently working alongside Daniel Vettori as bowling coach for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. He is yet to confirm his plans for the future, while the Proteas say they will announce his replacement in due course.

"Allan was and always will be a stalwart in South Africa having served his country with distinction both on and off the field,” said CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat.

"He brought great knowledge and international experience to the Proteas set up and we wish him well in his future endeavours.”

"It's never easy to lose a legend from your ranks but we respect Allan’s decision in the knowledge that we will seek his involvement in our cricket programmes in the future."

Source - Cricket Australia



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