South Africa news June 2, 2009

Bosman signs for Dolphins

Cricinfo staff

Dolphins have signed Loots Bosman, the hard-hitting opening batsman who has left the Eagles.

Bosman, 32, scored the fasted fifty (from 22 balls) in South Africa's domestic Twenty20 competition and has played 12 ODIs and four Twenty20s for his country.

"I am very excited for the prospect of playing for the Nashua Dolphins and achieving success with them," said Bosman. "I have always enjoyed playing at Kingsmead. I want to perform consistently well and get back into the national team."

As plans are put into place to improve the performance of the team and take it from strength to strength in the upcoming 2009-10 season, Graham Ford has also been appointed as head coach of the team.

Ford, who is presently the director of cricket at Kent, and has coached the South African national squad and Dolphins as well, will return to Durban at the end of the county season, announced Cassim Docrat, the Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) Cricket Union CEO.

"I am excited at the prospect of Graham taking over as head coach as he brings with him a wealth of experience and is familiar with our structures and players," said Docrat.

Former Dolphin head coach Yashin Hassan will now take up the position of head coach of the Suncoast Dolphins Academy which involves the Emerging Dolphins programme. "With the accumulated experience that Yashin has gained over the past eight years with the KZN Amateur team, the National Academy and the Nashua Dolphins, he plays an important role in bringing forward youngsters within our system," Docrat said.