Written by: Dave Macleod
Smith excited for new KZN challenge
Durban – Having spent his entire cricket career in the Western Cape,
all-rounder Jason Smith has taken the big step out of his comfort zone
when he links up with the Hollywoodbets Dolphins for the new domestic
season starting later this year.
Smith, who was educated at Wynberg Boys High School, and played all of his
professional cricket for the Six Gun Grill Cape Cobras, is excited by the
fact that he is making the change in his career at an important time in
“It was a big decision for me to get out of my comfort zone,” Smith said.
“I felt that I needed a new challenge and was probably a bit too
comfortable at home and needed to make the change for my career.
“The coach Imraan Khan was a massive influence on my decision to come to
Durban and I feel like we are similar people, which gave me comfort in my
choice to move.”
The easy-going 26 year-old is looking forward to hitting the ground
running with the Dolphins during their pre-season starting in June. Given
the success that the Dolphins experienced in the previous season he’s
excited to join the set-up.
“Everyone wants to be part of a team that is doing well and playing good
cricket because it can only make them a better cricketer.
“I have played with a lot of the guys in the squad and get along with them
so I can see Durban as a place that I will fit into quite easily.
“Meeting new people is also a big part of why I moved and I’m looking
forward to creating new relationships in Durban,” he added.
Given the Dolphins’ success last season, Smith believes that being part of
a team that is at the top is another important factor in the shift from
“Any player wants to win,” he commented. “Winning is the motivation and to
be joining a side that has experienced that success is exciting.”
Smith recently returned from Namibia where he represented the SA Emerging
team against Namibia - a team that had a few Dolphins players in it and
coach Imraan Khan as the teams assistant coach.
Despite the side going down in the both the T20 and ODI series, Smith was
one of the stand-out players for the SA Emerging side, as across both
formats he finished as the leading run-scorer with 188 runs at an average
He also finished the tour with the third most wickets for the South
African Emerging side across both formats highlighting his importance as
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welcome promising all-rounder Jason Smith to Durban for the upcoming
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