talented 2016/17 Dolphins squad
Durban – New head coach Grant Morgan is looking forward to instilling his
fresh philosophy in the Sunfoil Dolphins squad for 2016/17 and take the
Durban franchise forward with the talented crop of players that now have a
wealth of experience within it.
As reported previously, the like of Cricket South Africa contracted
players Kyle Abbott and David Miller have left the Dolphins and will
continue their career at the Warriors and VKB Knights respectively however
Morgan backs the talent that remains wholeheartedly.
“It is a bit of blow to lose players like Kyle (Abbott) and David (Miller)
however there is a huge amount of talent still left here at the Dolphins!”
says Morgan passionately.
“There is no doubt that a very competitive Dolphins team will still
represent the Dolphins in all formats come the start of the new season,”
Morgan is also confident the strength of the province’s two Provincial
squads – KwaZulu-Natal and KZN Inland – during the 2015/16 season will
help create a healthy competition for places in the Dolphins mix come the
“Inland having performed extremely well this past season and KZN having
done nicely, outside of the 50 overs competition, has also meant that
there are guys waiting in the wings who are hungry to play franchise
“You never want to lose anyone – they’re like family; their blood is
Dolphins green – but at the same time, their departure gives some other
guys a massive opportunity to show what they can do at Franchise level.”
The conclusion of the South African domestic 2015/16 season saw Mat
Pillans join Surrey in England, Thandi Tshabalala retired from the game,
both Daniel Sincuba and Jonathan Vandiar joined The Unlimited Titans while
Ryan McLaren – no longer a CSA contracted player – has opted not to sign a
contract with any South African Franchise for the 2016/17 season.
Former KwaZulu-Natal semi-professional contracted players Khalipha Cele
(Free State) and Craig Kirsten also won’t be part of the Sunfoil Dolphins
and KZN mix next season while Ayavuya Myoli – previously uncontracted but
who played much of the RAM Slam T20 Challenge for the Dolphins – has
signed with the bizhub Highveld Lions.
Mthokozisi Shezi’s return to Durban on a permanent basis having rejoined
the Dolphins on a loan from the Cape Cobras for the second half of the
basis for 2016/17 is an pleasing one while exciting talents Sibonelo
Makhanya, Sarel Erwee and Tshepang Dithole have all earned Franchise
contracts for the first time.
“I was privileged enough to coach youngsters like Quinton de Kock, Temba
Bavuma and Reeza Hendricks while I was at the Highveld Strikers a few
years ago and it is always great to see young talents like that making
their way up the ladder.
“Our younger guys like Sibs (Makhanya), Andile (Phehlukwayo) and a few
others are also massively exciting and certainly have the talent; for me,
this season is all about trying to get them to settle,” says Morgan.
The Dolphins don’t have any reason to believe that Imran Tahir won’t turn
out for them once more in 2016/17 however confirmation of this is only
expected in the near future due to the world class leg-spinner yet to sign
his CSA contract.
“The vast majority of our squad has been with us for some time now and we
fully back their ability and talent to take us as a Franchise to where we
want to be,” says Sunfoil Dolphins CEO, Pete de Wet.
“With Grant (Morgan) at the helm, we look forward to him harnessing this
talent as best he can and helping each player, as well as our team as a
whole, realise their full potential,” he adds.
Rabian Engelbrecht, Senuran Muthusamy, Brandon Scullard and Mishkal
Ramsaroop have retained their KwaZulu-Natal semi-professional contracts
and are joined by newcomers Smangaliso Nhlebela and Okuhle Cele with the
KZN Cricket Union set to finalise negotiations with a seventh player
The evergreen Kyle Nipper, together with Graham Hume, Ruhan Pretorius,
Lefa Mosena, Attie Maposa, Kushen Kishun and Cyril Mthimkhulu, has been
granted a KZN Inland semi-professional contract for 2016/17.
Sunfoil Dolphins squad:
Craig Alexander, Cody Chetty, Cameron Delport, Tshepang Dithole, Daryn
Dupavillon, Sarel Erwee, Robbie Frylinck, Imraan Khan, Keshav Maharaj,
Sibonelo Makhanya, Andile Phehlukwayo, Calvin Savage, Mthokozisi Shezi,
Daryn Smit, Prenelan Subrayen, Vaughn van Jaarsveld, Divan van Wyk, Morné
van Wyk, Khaya Zondo
Okuhle Cele, Rabian Engelbrecht, Senuran Muthusamy, Smangaliso
Nhlebela, Mishkal Ramsaroop, Brandon Scullard
KZN Inland semi-professionals:
Graham Hume, Kushen Kishun, Attie Maposa, Lefa Mosena, Cyril
Mthimkhulu, Kyle Nipper, Ruhan Pretorius
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