Cape Town - The Dolphins will welcome international cricketing sensation Kevin Pietersen back to the province of his birth after the hard-hitting batsman confirmed on Tuesday that he will represent the Durban-based franchise for a portion of their RAM Slam T20 campaign later this season.
The former Maritzburg College pupil, who left South African shores in 2001 to ply his trade in England where he went on to become the highest international run scorer (13 779 runs) of all time for his adopted country, is delighted to return to the place where his career first started and hopes to make a significant impact during his time with the Dolphins.
“I’m very excited to return to Durban in a few weeks’ time and contribute towards the Sunfoil Dolphins’ cause,” said Pietersen.
“Having grown up in KZN it is obviously a place that means something quite special to me and to have the opportunity to play there again is something I’m really looking forward to.”
These days considered an international Twenty20 specialist, Pietersen has played pivotal roles for the Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad (all Indian Premier League), St Lucia Zouks (Caribbean Premier League), Melbourne Stars (Big Bash League) and Surrey (T20 Blast) in recent years.
The powerful right-hander’s signing with the Dolphins will, however, see Pietersen in action in South Africa’s RAM Slam T20 Challenge for the first time in his career and it is a tournament that he says he is relishing being a part of.
For Dolphins head coach Lance Klusener, Pietersen’s signing is an exciting one that is set to help his charges challenge for the title they clinched in 2013/14.
“It’s very exciting to have a player of Kevin’s ability join us for a portion of the RAM Slam T20 tournament,” said Klusener.
“We’ve won the tournament before and hopefully his presence will aid in us challenging for the title once more.”