Allan Donald


Former South African cricketer, Allan Donald, nicknamed ‘White Lightning’, is considered as one of Proteas most successful pace bowlers in world arena. Allan was also one of the top fast bowlers in Test cricket, reaching the top of the ICC Test Rankings in 1998. It was only a year later that he peaked with a top ICC ranking of 895.

In ODIs, Allan reached 794 points in 1998, and was ranked second behind teammate Shaun Pollock. Having shared the new-ball with Pollock from the 1996/1997 tour of India, Allan retired from the sport in 2002. With an incredible career that spans over two decades, Allan made his Test debut on 18 April 1992 in South Africa’s first test since their return to world sport, after the abolition of apartheid. Allan took 2–67 and 4–77, including the wicket of Brian Lara. When he retired, Allan Donald was South Africa’s record wicket-taker with 330 Test wickets at an average of 22.25, and claimed 272 One Day International wickets at an average of 21.78.

Having represented his country on a variety of occasions, including the cricket World Cup in 1999. It was during this time that Allan began a spell of bowling that would later describe in his autobiography as one of the most intense periods of Test Match Cricket he ever played. Thus, in 2019, Allan was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.

Since retiring, Allan has taken on the role of coaching a number of cricket teams including international sides. He has also had the opportunity to commentate for various sporting events, and has become a regular commentator for the SABC.

As a result of his outstanding career and talents in the cricket, Allan Donald has become a highly regarded expert cricket speaker. Now retired from the sport, Allan offers advice, expert knowledge and guidance on how to overcome adversity, improve peak performance, build mental and physical resilience and encourages the importance of dive and determination in order to succeed in your goals. With incredibly funny and personal anecdotes and stories to share, Allan Donald will entertain audience members with his wit and sense of humour, whilst also offering hugely inspiring and useful words of advice on how to succeed in all industries, from sport to business.

To book Allan Donald as the cricket speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by using the contact details below.

When at corporate events, Allan is known to cover the following topics:

  • International Cricket
  • Sporting Success
  • Drive & Determination
  • Peak Performance
  • Pressure & How To Deal With It