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Miller leaving crisis-ridden Dolphins

David Miller made his maiden T20 international fifty AFP

The crisis-ridden Dolphins franchise have been hit by another setback. International batsman David Miller is the latest to leave the outfit after he opted to move to Knights next season.

Miller is the fourth player to leave Dolphins after Kyle Abbott, who is moving to Warriors, Jonathan Vandiar and Daniel Sincuba, who are both joining Titans.

"It is always disappointing to lose players, particularly those of the calibre of David and Kyle," Pete de Wet, Dolphins CEO said. "The last two months have seen significant changes at the Dolphins as we start to build for our future success, and all of this is being done to support our desire to be the number one franchise in South Africa."

The Dolphins have been embroiled in a coaching conundrum after they decided not renew Lance Klusener's contract and terminated his services before the season was up. At the time, de Wet said the decision was based purely on business but Klusener told ESPNcricinfo he had been given no reason for his sacking.

Klusener has since lodged a case with the country's Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration, a dispute-resolution body which looks at, among other things, unfair dismissals. The hearing is expected to take place in two weeks' time, when the Dolphins are also set to announce their new coach. That makes it unlikely that Klusener will get his job back, which may cause more drama at the franchise.

Abbott's decision to leave the Dolphins is understood to be linked to Klusener's departure. Several sources have also confirmed player unhappiness in Durban.