In a recent move, wicketkeeper cum batsman Morne van Wyk surrendered his captainship from Dolphins. He will be playing with the team as a batsman. Previously, senior batsman Daryn Smit dropped himself from the team who relocated to UK. Middle order batsman Khaya Zondo will head Dolphins now. The team was under van Wky since 2013-14 season. Under his leadership, the team won the first title of the domestic competition. Senior player Lance Klusener was also in the team, but his contract was not renewed. Along with Klusener, Kyle Abbot and David Millers too moved away from the franchisee. The team has lost his key international players as well as its former coach.
In the latest tournament, the team finished fifth down the ranks. However, its players presented several strong performances that followed as positives for the team. Vaughn van Jaarsveld and Zondo came as second and third highest scorers in the batting charts, while Keshav Maharaj was promoted to South Africa’s test squad.
Van Wyk said that he is privileged to lead the team for last four seasons. He claimed that some players had tremendous growth on and off the field over the past years. He believes that the timing is just right for him to pass on the captainship baton. He thanked Khaya for coming on his own to take the responsibility from him. The former captain said that he is excited to see Khaya grow as a leader. He strongly believes that the team will win new titles under the new captain.
Khaya Zondo led the team in the last two first-class matches they played. He plays aggressively down the middle order. At the age of 15, the player was induced to Premier League club Pinetown. He also represented Kwa-Zulu Natal’s age group provincial sides. He made his first-class debut in just 17 years of age. He has been playing alongside Dolphins since November 2007. In the second season, he emerged as the highest scorer of the team.
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