Written by: Nick Tatham
17 Dolphins snapped up in T20 GL draft
Durban – With the buzz of the upcoming T20 Global League starting to
grip the country, the unique player draft took place on Sunday in Cape
Town where no less than 17 Hollywoodbets Dolphins players were snapped
up by the city-based franchises.
The tournament will take place throughout the month of November and into
December with the eight franchises secured by highest bidders, and for a
number of Dolphins stars they will have to call the various other cities
around the country home for the tournament.
The Pretoria-based Mavericks took a liking to our local stars with six
players making the trip to the Highveld to play under AB de Villiers and
Dwayne Bravo for the action-packed T20 tournament. Dolphins players have
been contracted to six of the seven other T20 Global League franchises.
“This entire competition is a huge opportunity for South African cricket
with our players getting the chance to rub shoulders with some of the
best cricketers in the game,” Hollywoodbets Dolphins coach Grant Morgan
“It is incredibly exciting to see some of our younger players getting
the opportunity to be involved in a big tournament like this.”
With the domestic season coming to a halt during the T20 Global League,
Morgan understands that the season could become a long one for the
players taking part which opens up opportunities for other players to
stake a claim in the Dolphins mix.
“With guys like Rob (Frylinck) being involved in the Caribbean Premier
League already and then the Global T20 tournament there will be chances,
especially in our fast bowling department, for players to step up.
“A competition like this will test the depth of our squad and we will
have to manage the players properly before and after the tournament,”
With the new domestic season set to start in three weeks’ time, Morgan’s
focus will have to be keeping his players focused on their opening
Sunfoil Series fixture starting on 19 September.
“There is obvious excitement surrounding the whole tournament and we are
looking forward to seeing our players involved, however we still have
domestic season to play in.
“Making sure that we don’t get side-tracked by the tournament and the
side-shows will be important and we could make that work to our
“If we are more focused than the other franchises at the start of our
season then we can make some early in-roads on the four-day log,” Morgan
Chief Executive Officer of the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Heinrich
Strydom was present at the draft on Sunday and is satisfied by the
number of representatives KZNCU has in the tournament.
“It is a proud moment for us having so many players selected for the
various franchises,” Strydom said.
“The draft was an incredible event and the league promises to have a
massive impact on the cricketing landscape in South Africa.
“This tournament has the potential to grow the game, and with some of
our younger players having the opportunity to learn from some of the
best in the world it can only be positive for us.
"We would like to congratulate Cricket South Africa and Mr Haroon Lorgat
on a successful draft process and the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union is
grateful to be playing a part in this the inaugural T20 Global League,"
President of the KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union Fa-eez Jaffer commented.
The Durban-based Qalandars will call Sahara Stadium Kingsmead home
during the tournament and they have signed four Dolphins stars Prenelan
Subrayen, Daryn Dupavillon, Mthokozisi Shezi and Cody Chetty.
The KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union is looking forward to hosting Mr Rana
and his brothers during the upcoming T20 Global League.
Prenelan Subrayen, Daryn Dupavillon, Mthokozisi Shezi, Cody Chetty
Bloem City Blazers
Morné van Wyk
Cape Town Knight Riders
Andile Phehlukwayo, Rabian Engelbrecht
Dane Vilas, Rob Frylinck, Keshav Maharaj, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Khaya
Zondo, Kyle Nipper
Nelson Mandela Bay Stars (NMBS)
Imran Tahir, Sibonelo Makhanya
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Two Hollywoodbets Dolphins
stars Sibonelo Makhanya (left) and Khaya Zondo (right) have been
selected for the Nelson Mandela Bay Stars and the Pretoria Mavericks
respectively for the upcoming T20 Global League.
Hollywoodbets Dolphins and
Proteas all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo was been drafted into the Jo'burg
Giants squad for the upcoming T20 Global League.
Following his stint in the
Caribbean with the Trinbago Knight Riders, Hollywoodbets Dolphins star
Rob Frylinck will join five other Dolphins starts at the Pretoria
Mavericks in the upcoming T20 Global League.
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