After a successful season that ended with two trophies, the Hollywoodbets Dolphins coaching staff of Imraan Khan, Quinton Friend and Mduduzi Mbatha have all re-signed with the union until the end of the 2023/24 season with an option to extend.
Khan’s rise has been an impressive one after he took over the job of head coach from Grant Morgan. Since signing on, the Dolphins have won and shared the Momentum One Day Cup trophy in two seasons, won the 4-Day Domestic Series and made the Betway T20 Challenge final.
With the new season bringing with it new opportunities for the Dolphins to begin the provincial era the same way they left off in the franchise era, CEO of KZN Cricket Heinrich Strydom appreciates the continuity that they have created.
“Immy (Khan) and his team have built a strong ethos and culture around the team which has brought a lot of success,” Strydom said.
“To be able to have Immy, Quinny (Friend) and Duzi (Mbatha) commit for another three seasons is fantastic for the union and it shows the faith that the administrators and the players have in the coaching staff.
“With the additions that we have made to the squad for the new season and the retention of most of our key players we are excited to see how the coaching staff can build on the success of last season.”
Khan, who is currently with the SA Emerging side in Namibia, praised his coaching staff as well as the players for all their efforts.
“We have created a strong squad of players and people which has made the job a lot easier for us,” Khan said.
“There is still a lot of work to do and we are excited that the management have given us the opportunity to continue the work we are doing with this group of players.
“It’s vital that we build on last season’s performances and continue to grow as a team and as a coaching staff.
“Quinny and Duzi have been brilliant in everything they have done and in a the extra work that they have put in with the boys and hopefully we can continue to produce cricketers that play for the Proteas.”