Donald steps down as Proteas bowling coach


Allan Donald has decided to step down from his role as South Africa's bowling coach after being in the job for four years when he was appointed by then coach Gary Kirsten in 2011.

The Proteas lost in the semi-final of the recently concluded World Cup, against New Zealand, and Donald felt it was the right time to step down. He is currently the bowling coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.

Donald said in a statement: "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.

"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.

"Lastly, I'd like to thank my family for their unconditional support throughout the hustle and bustle of international sport. All the best to Russell Domingo and the rest of the team.

"May the Proteas go from strength to strength and I will be following their journey with great interest."