Wellington, Jun 5: He may have been behind New Zealand's challenging World Cup campaign earlier this year and verbally committed himself for Black Caps cause, but now the former South Africa pacer Allan Donald has decided to ditch the Kiwis.
Speculation is rife that Donald wants to turn former India coach Gary Kirsten's assistant with the South African team.
New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan said Donald contacted NZC to convey his u-turn.
"We did everything possible to retain Allan but it is understandable that a role in South Africa would be attractive to both him and his family," Vaughan said in a statement.
"Unfortunately that is the nature of professional sport and although I understand the reasons for Allan''s decision, it is disappointing considering the positive discussions we had with Allan about moving to New Zealand and his desire to work with the team.
"It is also a disappointment as he contributed well during the ten-week stint he had with the team earlier in the year," he added.
Donald has been a prominent support staff person for New Zealand since January this year till the end of the World Cup and had said he wanted to "commit" to the Kiwis.