Amla ditching Dolphins?

2013-03-28 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Cricket Union (KZNCU) officials are “unaware” that Protea batsman Hashim Amla is considering leaving Durban for another franchise.

Amla — who made his first-class debut in 1999/00 — has never played his domestic cricket anywhere but in Durban and is one of the province’s cricketing heroes.

KZNCU CEO Jesse Chelin said: “I have no reason to believe Hashim is leaving Durban.

“He is a Cricket South Africa [CSA] contracted player, which means he can play his cricket wherever he chooses.

“What we are currently doing — and it’s standard procedure at the end of every season — is to reconsider our current player contracts ahead of next season. There are some we are looking at closely, but no decisions have been made.”

It is believed that Amla has some gripes about administration at the union and has been unhappy for a while.

Appararently at the top of the list is a complaint that Proteas ODI bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe, signed from the Warriors last season, is reported to be earning more than him.

Another issue is his non-selection for the Dolphins T20 team when he was available and released by the Proteas.

His older brother, Ahmed, a former captain of the Dolphins who is contracted to the franchise, has not represented the senior side in any format this season.

It is alleged this is also a problem and Hashim is unhappy at how his brother has been treated with claims that Ahmed was expecting to be offered a coaching role, but that this was given to former Protea and Cobras bowler Roger Telemachus.

Ahmed has continued to play in the provincial team this season, under Telemachus.

The president of KZNCU, Faeez-el Jaffer, said: “We are currently talking to Hashim’s agent and sorting out whatever problems come to light.

“No decisons have been made and at this stage; Hashim is still a Dolphins player.”

Amla’s agent, Ismail Kajee, told reporters that a statement would be made later this week highlighting the issue and the course taken to rectify matters.

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