CAPE TOWN. – Alan Dawson, whose longevity and excellence as a Western Province and Cape Cobras swing bowler was only matched by his whole-hearted commitment, has stepped down as the Buildnat Cape Cobras’ convenor of selectors.
“This has been one of the hardest decisions I have had to make in my cricketing career,” Dawson, who presented the Proteas at test and One Day International level, admitted.
“Yet I feel it is the right decision in terms of the situation and the circumstances at present.
“I feel at this stage as a convenor, I cannot make any difference to the performance of the team,” he said. Dawson said he will remain a die-hard and loyal ex Cape Cobras’ cricketer and supporter.
“We are disappointed to lose a man of Dawson’s ilk and character,” said Nabeal Dien, chief executive officer of Western Cape Cricket (WCC). “We wish Alan well with his future endeavours. Our best wishes accompany him.”Beresford Williams, chairperson of WCC and president of Western Province Cricket Association, hailed Dawson’s significant contributions during his short tenure. “I would like to thank Dawsy for his invaluable contributions to the team and the energy he invested during his stint,” Williams said.
The selection panel for the next match against the Dolphins has been restructured. Angelo Carolissen, chairman of the playing affairs committee of Western Cape Cricket, Paul Adams, the Cape Cobras coach, Ashwell Prince, assistant coach, and the two captains, Omphile Ramela and Justin Ontong, will serve as the selection committee.
Ramela wears the armband as skipper in the four-day format, while Ontong is at the helm in the limited-overs formats.
Dawson represented Western Province in 98 first-class games, claiming 305 wickets with 6-18 his best innings-haul. He scored a career-best 143 with the blade. Dawson represented South Africa in two tests and 19 One Day Internationals.