Allan Donald has turned down the chance to continue as New Zealand's bowling coach, instead choosing to pursue a position with Cricket South Africa.
He had verbally agreed terms and conditions before informing New Zealand Cricket (NZC) that he had changed his mind.
"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," a disappointed NZC chief executive Justin Vaughan said.
"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 BLACKCAPS.
"It is also a disappointment as he contributed well during the ten week stint he had with the team earlier in the year.
"But there’s no point dwelling on it – we have to focus on the future. I'm sure there are a number of well qualified bowling coaches interested in the role and I know John Wright is confident of finding a really good replacement for Allan."
Donald was with New Zealand from 18th January to 29th March when they were knocked out of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
South Africa are expected to name their new coaching imminently with former India coach Gary Kirsten among the front-runners to replace Corrie van Zyl.
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