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Donald to stay with South African cricket

The SA great on Friday said he dropped his plans to coach England and would instead share his expertise with his own country team.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2006 18:43 IST

Former South African paceman Allan Donald on Friday said he dropped his plans to coach England team and would instead share his expertise with his own country team to make it the best in the world.

"I have given much thought to the matter, and have withdrawn my application for the England bowling coach post," Donald said in Johannesburg after holding talks with the CEO of South African Cricket Board Gerald Majola and the cricket Association's General manager of professional cricket Vince van der Bijl.

"I will rather stay with Cricket South Africa's high performance programme and throw my full weight behind it. My heart lies with South African cricket, and I want to do everything I can in the effort to make us the best in the world," the fiery bowler announced in the presence of Majola and Van der Bijl.

Donald, who is employed as a specialist bowling coach by Cricket South Africa, had said last week that he had applied for a job with the English cricket team after which Majola had called him to discuss it.

"I will also be writing to the board of Cricket South Africa to apologise for making a public statement about my England application before discussing the matter with CSA.

"I want to put the whole matter behind me, and carry on working with the high performance structures in South Africa," said Donald, whose fiery bowling fetched him the tag of 'White Lightening'.

"Vince van der Bijl and I had a full and frank discussion with Allan. We are delighted that he has decided to stay with South African cricket, and build the game here for the future.

"Allan was one of the South Africa's greatest bowlers and we regard him as a national asset," he said.

Majola also said Donald's two-year contract as a specialist bowling coach would continue.

"We recruited him into our high performance programme as soon as it was possible after he stopped playing international and domestic cricket.

"He will continue working in the high performance programme as a specialist bowling coach in terms of a two-year contract, renewable after the next World Cup in 2007.

"His tasks are to identify and groom promising young fast bowlers, and to assist established bowlers should they lose form.

"Allan will also be available on request to assist the national team."