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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Allan Donald has stepped down as South Africa s
bowling coach in the first of what is expected to
be a series of changes post the 2015 World Cup.
Donald held the role for four years since 2011 and
served under Gary Kirsten and Russell Domingo
while also working at IPL teams Pune Warriors
and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Donald s decision coincided with the expiration
of his contract, which along with the rest of the
South African support staff and selection panel, ran
its course at the conclusion of the World Cup. Taking
the team to the semifinals of the tournament, for
Donald, marked the end point of his tenure.
"I always wanted to give myself the chance of
working up until the World Cup," Donald said. "I
really felt now was a good time to get and get on
with it and that s that. It s been four awesome years
and I will miss the guys big time."
Donald hailed the attack he worked with as the
"best in the world," and picked out their claiming
of the Test mace as a highlight in what he called the
"best four years of my life." During his time with
the South African side, Donald preached aggression
and encouraged the pack to adopt that mantra.
Dale Steyn led the response. South Africa s pace
spearhead continued his dominance at the top of the
Test rankings. Under Donald, South Africa s premier
pacers blossomed in the longest format with Vernon
Philander becoming the fastest to 100 Test wickets
in more than a century, and Morne Morkel finding
what Donald called an "inner mongrel."
South Africa could be in line for a new convener
of selectors next month, with Andrew Hudson likely
to be replaced in the top job. The contracts of all
four panel members---Hudson, Shafiek Abrahams,
Hussein Manack and Linda Zondi---came to an end
after the 2015 World Cup and Hudson is unlikely to
be retained after five years in the job.
Although there is no clear indication of who will
replace Hudson, one franchise confirmed that Ashwell
Prince is among the candidates standing for election
to the panel and that it will vote for him. Nominations
to the panel, which will be elected on the vote of South
Africa s provincial presidents, close on April 30.
Prince retired from all cricket in March but may
yet return for Lancashire this season and, if appointed,
could be the person on the panel with the most inter-
national experience. He played 66 Tests for South
Africa, 52 ODIs and a T20 between 2002 and 2011.
Abrahams, who has been tipped to keep his job,
appeared in just a single ODI while Manack and Zondi
featured in first-class cricket; all are likely to keep
Hudson is therefore expected to be the only casualty
of the current panel, and there are conflicting reasons
believed to be behind his departure. "Andrew has been
there a long time and he is speaking about the time
he needs for his job and his young family. It seems
the time is right for change," one insider said.
Another believed that the current convener may be
pushed out as part of the ongoing agenda towards
aggressive transformation. "They need someone who
is a little more active in transformation and he isn t
Cricket South Africa recently reaffirmed a com-
mitment to transformation with increased quotas at
domestic level. Franchise teams will be required to
field at least six players of colour, of which three must
be black Africans, but there remains no official quota
at international level.
However, insiders have confirmed there are targets
that are expected to be met---at least four players of
colour in every team that takes the field and inter-
national sides are sent to CSA s transformation manager
for vetting. It is believed that was what led to the
recent controversy around Vernon Philander s selection
for the World Cup semifinal. (ESPNcricinfo)
More recently, all three also formed the
core of the ODI attack but they could not
replicate the same sustained success in the
fifty-over format and there are concerns
over the quality in the second tier. Under
Donald, the likes of Wayne Parnell has not
developed the consistency that would have
been expected of him while Marchant de
Lange and Beuran Hendricks careers have
been interrupted by injury.
Kyle Abbott has come through, with suc-
cess at both Test and limited-overs levels,
and Donald also took a special interest in
Under-19 World Cup winner Kagiso Rabada,
who Donald called a "thoroughbred" with
a bright future.
It s because of players like Abbott and
Rabada that Donald believes he is leaving
South Africa in good hands. "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 Vil-
liers and Faf du Plessis," he said.
Charl Langeveldt, the former international
who has been consulting with the national
team since their series against West Indies
and travelled to the World Cup, is the front
runner to take over from Donald. Domingo,
who was given an extension last September,
has yet to choose the rest of his support
staff which previously included Adi Birrell
as assistant coach and Claude Henderson
as a spin bowling consultant. Both are
expected to be retained.
Donald s departure was expected to be
the major change following the 2015 World
Cup but South Africa are also likely to have
a new selection convener in the near future.
Andrew Hudson is set to be replaced when
the new panel is voted on at the end of the
Donald steps down as SA bowling coach
South Africa in line for
new selection chief
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