The Dolphins will have to defend their One-Day Cup title in a bio-bubble in Potchefstroom, but coach Imran Khan insists they are ready for the challenge.
Dolphins ready to defend One-Day Cup in bubble
The tournament gets underway this weekend and all 15 matches are set to be broadcast on SuperSport.
“It’s been an interesting experience in the bio-bubble here but the boys are ready to go and are looking forward to playing some cricket,” Khan said ahead of the first One-Day Cup match this weekend.
“As a team we enjoy the white-ball formats so the guys are very excited and motivated to play some good cricket.
“From a preparation perspective, things are slightly different given all our games are going to be on the Highveld as opposed to previous years where we would play all around the country.
“That’s probably the biggest difference but still the boys are excited to get back out on the park and play some cricket,” he added.
Youth and experience
The Dolphins squad is an intriguing blend of youth and experience with Proteas star David Miller on one end of the spectrum while exciting schoolboy talent Andile Simelane represents the greenest of green players.
The Dolphins will be without Keshav Maharaj, Daryn Dupavillon, Keagan Petersen and Sarel Erwee who were recently involved with the national side for the test series against Sri Lanka.
In the absence of Maharaj experienced all-rounder Prenelan Subrayen will skipper the Dolphins side for the One-Day Cup.
“The squad is pretty much our contracted group of players with a few surprises in there.
“There is a freshness to the squad and we get David Miller back, I don’t know when the last time he played for the Dolphins was, and there some other new names so we are looking forward to seeing how they fit into our culture and seeing them put in good performances for the team.”
“Dave is a player with massive pedigree and we are expecting a lot from him, as you do from all your international players.
“He’s settled in really nicely into the environment and he’s been himself which is great and we’re excited to see what he can do for us on the park,” Khan added.
Dolphins One-Day Cup squad
Michael Erlank, Mangaliso Mosehle, Eathan Bosch, Keith Dudgeon, Andile Simelane, Prenelan Subrayen (captain), Marques Ackerman, Grant Roelofsen, Ruan de Swardt, David Miller, Khaya Zondo, Andile Phehlukwayo, Rob Frylinck, Kerwin Mungroo, Senuran Muthusamy, Ottneil Baartman.