Sithembiso Dindi
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28 Oct 2020
13:37

KZN cricket boss reassures Dolphins players that jobs are safe

Sithembiso Dindi

KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union president Ben Dladla (pictured) has reassured Dolphins players that their jobs are safe amidst all the drama that’s unfolding at the mother body level, Cricket South Africa (CSA).

KwaZulu-Natal Cricket Union president Ben Dladla (pictured) has reassured Dolphins players that their jobs are safe amidst all the drama that’s unfolding at the mother body level, Cricket South Africa (CSA).

With the domestic season set to start on Monday, CSA has seen all its board members relinquishing their positions.

Dladla believed that all that has happened at CSA might have unsettled players and was definitely affecting their performance on the field.

The Dolphins will start their campaign against the Lions in the CSA 4-Day competition at Kingsmead in Durban on Monday morning at 9.

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Dladla urged the players to go give their best and not to worry much about all the happenings at national level.

“In terms of the cricket, players, sponsors, friends and everyone, please feel assured that there’s no disturbance on that side,” said the confident looking Dladla, who announced in August his intention to run for CSA presidency.

“The season will kick off as it is supposed to kick-off.

“The international games will continue except if something major happens.

“We have made it a point that the cricketing side of things remain, and they continue, and I think our CEO Heinrich (Strydom, Dolphins) will also stress that players feel free and your contracts are safe.

“You are our players and you need to perform there on the field as you would have. Sometimes it’s not easy for you to try and not be disturbed by what is happening on the sideways but I’m just requesting you not to be disturbed by what is happening there.”
Ben Dladla

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Dladla said the resignation of board members was a good step for the direction that CSA needs to take at the moment.

“I would say at Cricket South Africa level, from where I’m standing there’s light at the end of the tunnel. It’s been a very difficult period mainly in the past three to five weeks. It has been quite difficult where we had to make some decisions,” said Dladla. “But the bottom line that we had to agree on was every decision that we had to take had to be in the best interest of cricket. It was not an easy agreement because it took more than one meeting to reach that level where we all agree.

“Yes, the board has resigned and to us that is part of what we are saying it’s the light at the end of the tunnel.

“But one has to say that not all those people who formed the board were wrong or had committed any acts that were untoward in as far as governance is concerned but a decision in the best interest of cricket had to be taken.”