South Africa news February 22, 2016

Klusener shocked at Dolphins sacking

ESPNcricinfo staff

Lance Klusener worked with the South Africa side during the England series © Gallo Images

Lance Klusener, the former South Africa allrounder, has been sacked as Dolphins' coach after his contract was not renewed. He told ESPNcricinfo he was given "no reason," for his dismissal and thought the decision was "very strange."

Coaching duties for the remainder of the Sunfoil Series, which concludes South Africa's domestic season, will be immediately handed to Yashin Ebrahim and Roger Telemachus as joint caretaker coaches.

"I am obviously very disappointed and surprised with the board's decision, considering the progress of the team in the last four years," Klusener said in the official statement. "I am a proud son of the soil of KwaZulu-Natal and I have relished every moment of coaching the Sunfoil Dolphins

"I have no doubt that the squad has the talent to win more trophies like the Ram Slam title we won in the 2013-14 season, and while I won't be their coach they will all know that I will be backing them all the way."

When contacted on Saturday, Dolphins CEO Pete de Wet said rumours of Klusener's sacking were "not true at all" but on Monday said that the decision had been "difficult".

"Lance has been a loyal servant of KZN cricket and the Sunfoil Dolphins and his passion and loyalty to the team is unquestionable," de Wet said. "That has made the decision taken by the board all the more difficult".

"The board felt that the time was right to refresh the team dynamic to enable this talented group of players to reach the next level, and agreed that a new coach was an integral part of that process,"

Klusener was appointed interim coach at the Dolphins in January 2012, when Graham Ford left the franchise to take over as Sri Lanka's national coach before confirmed in the role later that year.

Under his tenure, Dolphins won one trophy - the 2013-14 T20 competition - and have maintained good form in the shortest format. This season, they lost the final of the Ram Slam to Titans. They have not done as well in other competitions, finishing fifth in the one-day cup with four wins from 10 matches and lie fourth in the fourth in the Sunfoil Series, which is only at its halfway stage, but have only won one match.

Klusener was considered very much part of South Africa's coaching structures and was even roped in as a lower-order batting consultant for the national team ahead of the Boxing Day Test against England.

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  • Bhavik on April 12, 2016, 15:32 GMT

    Lame,petty stuff from Dolphins.

  • Viren on February 24, 2016, 10:58 GMT

    Lance "Zulu" Klusener is a legend and since his retirement nobody has filled his shoes in the SA team. He was fearless as a player and played the game with integrity. The Dolphins expected him to perform miracles with a bunch of mediocre and sub-standard group of players. The lack of silverware or better performances will probably be the official reason given for his sacking by the Dolphins, but this in nothing more than an "ouster" by some power to either get a new coach in or to shake up things at this franchise. The weak link is definitely their captain, Morne van Wyk who seems to want to bring a "Free State" flavour to the Dolphins with the migration of many players from the Knights to the Dolphins. I say that they should go back to Daryn Smit as WK in all formats and appoint an innovative new captain. M van Wyk, T Tshabalala, D van Wyk, etc. are sub-standard players and will not take the Dolphins forward.....

  • Rohan on February 23, 2016, 2:29 GMT

    don't know much about dolphins but Lance klusener of 1999 world cup was probably the best and most dangerous player to have ever played a world cup. The guy was a terror and its unbelievable that he was dropped from SA team, though I guess largely because of personal issues with smith. cricket lovers ll always remember and respect klusener for 1999 WC and ll feel sorry for him that Donald didn't complete the run.

  • Kendal on February 22, 2016, 22:25 GMT

    @Gladiator...that is true to an extent, I was thinking more about people like Piedt, Abbott and Rabada, who while not great batsmen at least seemed to put a price on their wickets against England. Might have nothing to do with Lance, certainly. Who knows what's happening these days in cricket.

  • Brokensaint on February 22, 2016, 21:43 GMT

    Lance should be involved with the proteas setup. we need good quality all rounders and it needs to start at the top

  • dj on February 22, 2016, 17:19 GMT

    I don't think Lance can be totally surprised by this.Their results in the longer formats have been very poor.

    Still the standin coaches have a whiff of transformation going about them ...

  • Baundule on February 22, 2016, 17:13 GMT

    I do not have much idea regarding the domestic cricket of South Africa. I know the Teams that qualify for the Champions Trophy T20. However, read this article only because of Lance Klusener. As a player, he had the 'never say die' attitude. As a Coach, I do not know. Just wishing him a better Coaching career in the near future.

    And if any team want an overnight improvement, they should consider hiring Jamie Siddons. He will always come up with revolutionary ideas that probably only John Buchanan can imagine of.

  • Ben on February 22, 2016, 15:16 GMT

    RIP ms dhoni its good that dhoni got injured

  • Graham on February 22, 2016, 14:55 GMT

    Dolphins are the the worst team in SA, barring perhaps the Warriors who don't have as deep a squad. Something was obviously up there, as they have been really poor for a while, with the exception of the odd freakish T20 competition.

  • Jabulani on February 22, 2016, 14:23 GMT

    @Byron Britz, you dont follow franchise cricket in SA by the looks of it. The team has become the whipping boys and are last o the table

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