Allan Donald served as South Africa's bowling coach from 2011 to 2015 © Getty Images
Allan Donald served as South Africa’s bowling coach from 2011 to 2015 © Getty Images

Allan Donald has resigned from his role as South Africa‘s bowling coach on Tuesday. Donald, one of the quickest bowlers of his time, has been with the South African team for a few years and has announced his decision in the aftermath of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. The announcement was made through a statement from Cricket South Africa (CSA). Coach Russell Domingo praised Donald for his contribution, “He is a professional with great insight and knowledge of the game and his expertise has added good value to our bowling department.”

Donald explained that he had aimed for the World Cup and feels it is time for him to leave. In his statement, Donald said, “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. 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.”

Donald wished the South Africans the best for the future and expressed that he was lucky to work with a fine bowling attack during his tenure. He also said that getting to the No. 1 spot in the Test rankings was his finest memory. Haroon Lorgat, the CSA Chief Executive, said, “Allan was and always will be a stalwart in South Africa having served his country with distinction both on and off the field. 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 programs in future”

As of now, Donald is coaching the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Previously, he has coached Pune Warriors India and has also worked with Warwickshire in county cricket. Donald had also been with New Zealand in 2011 before he took over the job in South Africa.