Former South Africa Seamer Allan Donald has stepped down as bowling coach, announcing his resignation on Tuesday after four years in charge to sharpen his country’s bowling attack. The decision was announced through a statement on Cricket South Africa in the backwash of his country’s team in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
South Africa Coach Russell Domingo appreciated Donald for his effort and contribution and said that Donald is a professional with a great sixth sense and knowledge of the game. He further added that his talent and experience has brought more firepower in bowling department of proteas during his four years coaching.
While explaining his decision, he said that his prime focus was World Cup, and he believes it is a good time for him to move on. He also said that it was great time with all the South African cricketers and also with them who belongs to his country’s team. He spent his dream time with all after getting retired from international cricket back in 2002. He said that four year time was a great time of his life and being involved with the younger players. He wished good luck for his country’s team for his future and said that it was a finest memory when his team achieved No. 1 spot in the ICC Test rankings.
CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat said that Donald was and will be loyalist in South Africa having given his effort both on and off the field. He gave all his international experience to the Proteas to made bowling department very efficient and sharp during his tenure. He also wished good luck for his future time and expressed his sadness that it will never be easy to lose him, ‘but we respected his decision and hoped that he will show his involvement in future cricket programs.’ As now, Donald is the coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL (Indian Premier League).
In his cricket career, Donald took 330 wickets in Test matches and 272 in ODIs international matches. During his retirement, he was the highest wicket-taker for South Africa. His average in bowling figures was also good at that time being 22.25 in test and 21.78 in ODIs.