Allan Donald honoured by ICC

Allan Donald
Allan Donald

Former South African fast bowler Allan Donald was recognised for his contribution to the game last night when he was inducted into the International Cricket Council Hall of Fame in London.

The 52-year-old, affectionately known as ‘White Lightning’ during his playing days owing to his electric pace, is only the third South African to achieve the honour after Graeme Pollock and Barry Richards.

Donald made his international debut in 1991 upon the country’s return to international cricket, and quickly established himself as the team’s spearhead, and one of the most feared bowlers of his generation.

He spent almost two years as the number one ranked Test bowler in the game, retiring in 2003 with 330 wickets to his name at an average of 22.25.

He also played in 164 ODIs, taking 272 wickets at 21.78 apiece, and featured at three World Cups.

Donald says: “The biggest shock when you open an e-mail like that, it says ‘Congratulations Allan Donald, you have been inducted in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame!’ It hits you ... it hits you quite hard because it is a prestigious award and something that you can’t take lightly. I thank the ICC for the huge honour.

“It all immediately takes you back to where you started. The reflection is of such a nature that everything that you have done in your career since you were a little boy starts to creep into your head. There are so many people to thank who have influenced my life – as mentors, as coaches.

“If I start with Free State cricket back in the day, then the legendary Hansie Cronje’s dad, Mr Ewie Cronje, helped me through school and college cricket, and then there was my uncle Des Donald, who was very hard on me. Bob Woolmer was a mentor, we clicked in international cricket and he showed me the road to success.”