Written by: Nick Tatham
Khan appointed Dolphins head coach
Durban – Imraan Khan has been appointed as the head coach of the
Hollywoodbets Dolphins for the 2019/20 season starting with their CSA
4-Day Franchise Series clash with the Multiply Titans on 7 October in
Khan, who served as assistant coach to Grant Morgan for two and a half
seasons, is born-and-bred in KwaZulu-Natal and played his entire
domestic cricket career for the Dolphins, KZN Coastal and KZN Inland. He
notched up 333 caps in his professional career with one test cap to his
name, when he played against Australia in Cape Town in 2009.
In first class cricket the left hander scored just short of 10 000 runs
and took 62 wickets with his handy off-spin. He averaged 36.58 with the
bat scoring 20 hundreds and 49 fifties.
Khan also boasts the most caps as a captain of the Dolphins with 86 caps
as the skipper across the three formats.
He was known for his dogged attitude with the bat and was one of the top
opening batsmen in South African domestic cricket which culminated in
him being award SuperSport Series Player of the Season in 2009.
The 35 year-old says that to be moving into the head mentor role at the
franchise that he spent his entire career is a dream come true.
“I am incredibly excited by this appointment and I cannot wait to take
the challenge on,” Khan said.
“I am a born and raised KZN boy and the Dolphins have been a huge part
of the my life growing up so to take over and be in charge is a massive
Grant Morgan left the Dolphins to take up the position of assistant
coach of the Scotland national side that is currently being coached by
former Hollywoodbets KZN Inland coach Shane Burger. Khan was full of
praise for Morgan and what he has done for the franchise.
“Morgs is a terrific coach and I have learnt so much from him in the
time that we worked together.
“He is a student of the game and he was someone that I learnt so much
from even from my days of playing for Inland and the Dolphins.
“I wish him all the best in Scotland.”
Khan understands the importance of good support structures and his first
task will be to put that in place. Khan is also hoping that he can tap
into the brains of former Dolphins legends.
“It would be great if we could have ex-Dolphins players in certain roles
with the side throughout the season.
“They have been such great servants for the game in this province and
they understand what this franchise is about so if we could harness
that, it would add another dimension to our side,” he stressed.
CEO of KZN Cricket Heinrich Strydom is confident that Khan is the man
for the position and will be a good mentor for the side going into the
“Imraan was very good in the backup role to Morgs, in a time where we
reached three finals of the last four white ball competitions. Immy had
an admirable playing career, lots of experience in leadership roles and
a strong start to his coaching career and therefore we felt he was the
right man to take up the position,” said Strydom.
“We are looking forward to the coming season with Imraan at the helm,
and will give him all the support we possibly can.
“There is an important four day campaign coming up and historically we
have battled in the red ball format. It will be a good test for him in
his first appointment as head coach, a test that I am sure he will
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Having spent his entire
playing career at the Hollywoodbets Dolphins, former assistant coach of
the franchise Imraan Khan will take over as the head coach of the
franchise on a one year contract ahead of the 2019-2020 season starting
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