Jon-Jon Smuts, Andile Simelane and Tshepang Dithole come into the set-up as new fully contracted players.
The Dolphins finished unbeaten in the four-day competition, runners-up in the CSA T20 Knockout, and Semi-finalists in the CSA T20 competition. However, the team failed to add another trophy to the cabinet, and it is something that head coach Imraan Khan and his coaching team will look to rectify.
Nine of the current squad of Dolphins players represented South Africa at a higher level during the past season. However, whilst serving the national cause is the priority, they would hope to continue their good domestic form from the last four seasons.
Smuts makes Durban his home
In a big addition to the squad Jon-Jon Smuts makes the move up from the Warriors, where he has spent his entire professional career, and will add experience as well as a wealth of talent to the Dolphins mix going forward. The hard-hitting top order batter and skilful left-arm spinner, will bring some more international experience to the side.
“We are delighted to welcome such an experienced player to the Hollywoodbets Dolphins,” CEO of KZN Cricket Heinrich Strydom said.
“Jon-Jon has proven over many years that he is a great team man and match-winner so to have him in our change room this season is a real bonus for the side as well as the younger players in the set-up.”
Looking to the future
Among those younger players is SA Under 19 all-rounder Andile Simelane who receives his first professional contract for next season. Simelane made his white ball debut for the Dolphins this past season in the CSA One Day Cup and the promise shown will see him form part of the core at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium going forward.
“Andile has shown huge potential and we know that with time and guidance he can become a crucial member of the Hollywoodbets Dolphins side,” Strydom said about the 18-year-old.
The third new player in the Dolphins set-up isn’t actually a new player. Tshepang Dithole represented the Hollywoodbets Dolphins during the 2016/17 season after impressing at Hollywoodbets KZN Inland.
His story is a carbon copy of that as he impressed with the team now known as the Tuskers again last season which has resulted in him regaining his contract at the Dolphins.
“The hard work that Tshepang has put in and the results that he has produced for KZN Inland is a testament to how far he has come,” Strydom commented.
“We have also been watching his progress closely and are excited to welcome him back into the squad here at Hollywoodbets Kingsmead.”
Dolphins bid farewell to stalwarts
The Dolphins have also had to say goodbye to two players who have been part of the KZN pipeline for a very long time. Kerwin Mungroo, who has been a stalwart for the Dolphins will leave the union. However, young Thamsanqa Khumalo’s next phase will see him join up with KZN Inland.
“We want to thank those players for their contributions to the Dolphins family both on and off the field and wish them all the best on their cricketing journey,” Strydom added.
There are five high-performance contracts that have been awarded to the young players Odirile Modimokoane, Hlompo Modimokoane, Slade van Staden, Brad Porteous and Banele Cele.
Protea players Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo and Keegan Petersen have confirmed their loyalty to the Dolphins. They will continue to play an integral part in the Dolphins’ setup.
Dolphins Contract 2022/23 Season
SJ Erwee, Marques Ackerman, Grant Roelofsen, Jon-Jon Smuts, Daryn Dupavillon, Khaya Zondo, Prenelan Subrayen, Andile Simelane, Jason Smith, Eathan Bosch, Thando Ntini, Ottniel Baartman, Bryce Parsons, Lifa Ntanzi, Tshepang Dithole, Ruan de Swardt.
High Performance Contracts:
Odirile Modimokoane, Hlompo Modimokoane, Slade van Staden, Brad Porteous, Banele Cele.
South African Contracts:
Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Keegan Petersen.