Having led the Dolphins for the better part of half a decade, respected leader Morné van Wyk has stepped down as captain of the franchise.
This heralds a new era of leadership at the Durban-based team under the guidance of talented batsman and senior squad member Khaya Zondo on a permanent basis.
The 37 year-old Van Wyk has led the franchise with distinction throughout his tenure as the captain of the Dolphins with a RAM Slam T20 Challenge trophy to his name and his relinquishment of the leadership does not spell the end of his illustrious career.
“I am hopefully going to be around for another two or three seasons so I am here to offer Khaya support and guidance if he needs it,” Van Wyk said. “I’m not going to be looking over his shoulder all the time, in fact I am actually going to take a step back.”
“If he needs advice I will be a shoulder to lean on but it’s his ship to run now and he has to imprint his personality on the team.”
Van Wyk was lured away from Bloemfontein at the beginning of the 2013/2014 season and was entrusted with the leadership position at the KZN franchise, something that he relished. The veteran has seen many of the younger players become senior players under his guidance.
“I have been so privileged to captain the side for four years. I have seen some tremendous growth from players on and off the field over the past four seasons and I think that the timing is right.
“I spoke to Khaya about the captaincy just four months after I arrived here so it is something that I think has been in the making for a number of years.
“Some guys have the captaincy thrust upon them but I think the correct way is to let guys grow into the role.