The Durban Heat unveiled themselves to the media and the people of Durban in a truly Durban-styled launch at Moyo on the Pier on Friday morning.
Many of the players, administrators and prominent Durban faces were at the official launch as Zulu dancers entertained the crowd.
Three of the Durban-raised players answered questions ahead of the Mzansi Super League tournament starting for the Heat on November 18.
“We were pretty nervous going into the draft but we are really happy with how our team came out in the end,” CEO of KZN Cricket Heinrich Strydom said.
“Our vision was to get as many local players as we could and fill the other spots with match winners and with 13 international cricketers and eight Hollywoodbets Dolphins, we are excited for the tournament,” he said.
Coach Grant Morgan had many sleepless nights in the build up to the draft and he heaped praise on his brains trust for picking the best possible squad in the end.
“Having Imraan (Khan) there helping was hugely important and we plotted and planned as many different outcomes as we could. To have him, the CEO and our convenor of selectors there helped hugely in us making all our decisions for the right reasons,” Morgan commented.
The Heat welcome back Kyle Abbott to Durban after many years with the Dolphins and he is looking forward to contributing to the side.
“It’s great to be involved in a tournament like this in your home country,” the former Protea said.
More information can be found at www.dolphinscricket.co.za.
Durban Heat Fixtures:
Nov 18 – 11am – Durban Heat v Cape Town Blitz Kingsmead, Durban.
Nov 21 – 2pm – Durban Heat v Tshwane Spartans Kingsmead, Durban.
Nov 23 – 7pm – Nelson Mandela Giants v Durban Heat St George’s, Port Elizabeth.
Nov 28 – 7pm – Durban Heat v Paarl Rocks Kingsmead, Durban.
Nov 30 – 7pm – Jozi Stars v Durban Heat Bidvest Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg.
Dec 2 – 11am – Paarl Rocks v Durban Heat Eurolux Boland Park, Paarl.
Dec 5 – 7pm – Durban Heat v Nelson Mandela Giants Kingsmead, Durban.
Dec 7 – 2pm – Durban Heat v Jozi Stars Kingsmead, Durban.
Dec 9 – 3:30pm – Cape Town Blitz v Durban Heat PPC Newlands, Cape Town.
Dec 12 – 7pm – Tshwane Spartans v Durban Heat SuperSport Park, Centurion.
Durban Heat Squad: Hashim Amla, Rashid Khan, David Miller, Heinrich Klaasen, Kyle Abbott, Keshav Maharaj, Khaya Zondo, Albie Morkel, Marchant de Lange, Vernon Philander, Brandon Mavuta, Temba Bavuma, Morné van Wyk, Okuhle Cele, Sarel Erwee, and Tladi Bokako.