Written by: Dave Macleod
Ackerman takes on full-time four day captaincy
Durban – As the Hollywoodbets Dolphins prepare for a return to cricket
sooner rather than later, the team has announced that Marques Ackerman
will lead the Dolphins in the CSA Domestic 4-Day Series while Keshav
Maharaj will captain the side in limited overs cricket.
Ackerman took over the role in an interim capacity at the beginning of
2020 and was one of the masterminds in a turnaround that saw the Dolphins
win two 4-Day matches in a row and draw another.
Coach of the Dolphins Imraan Khan is excited to see what the 24 year-old
can do with a whole season as the teams leader. Khan believes that
Ackerman’s approach to the game makes him the right man for the job
“Marques was critical in our turnaround last season, both in the role that
he played as a leader and also in the role that he played with the bat. ,”
“He has got fantastic energy and he drives a very high standard both on
and off the field and his influence in the side made the decision an easy
one for us.”
Ackerman, who was the Dolphins highest run scorer in the 4-Day competition
last season, is relishing taking on a role that has been filled by some of
the biggest names of KwaZulu-Natal cricket.
“To be given the captaincy full-time is an incredible honour and a
challenge that I am very excited about.
“The Dolphins have had a long history of brilliant captains and to be
given the job is hugely rewarding.
“We have got a very strong bunch of players and leaders within the squad
which will make my job a lot easier.
“We cannot wait to get back on the field in the next few weeks and are
looking forward to starting off where we finished at the end of last
The Dolphins are in preparation for the season which will be getting
underway in November and Khan is excited that the team can finally get
back onto the field.
“Having better knowledge about a start to the season has given us clarity
in to how we want to prepare.
“With that said, even with the uncertainty around the season the boys have
trained exceptionally well through this period,” he added.
Looking at the squad that will be available to Khan for the upcoming
season, he feels that they have got their bases covered across the board.
“We have a good group of players and I think we have recruited quite
nicely but what’s been the most impressive thing for me is the hunger and
desire amongst the group.
“It’s evident to see in practice situations how the guys have been driving
and pushing each other and maintaining a very high standard in the
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two strong seasons at franchise level and a positive start to his
captaincy career with the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, Marques Ackerman has
been elected to captain the side on a full-time basis in the CSA Domestic
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