‘Biff’ bonanza on the cards for Dolphins

2010-04-01 00:00

CHRISTMAS may have come very late — or early — for the Dolphins, after rumours of a significant scalp surfaced very early this morning.

According to well-placed sources, Proteas skipper Graeme Smith may be set to move to Durban in a complicated deal that involves his IPL commitments.

According to a spokesperson for the newly bought Pune franchise, Smith will relocate to Durban in a move that will allow him to handpick talented youngsters from the area — as one of the key stakeholders from the Pune group hails from Lower uMhlanga.

Smith is set to captain the new franchise, with his new contract set to see him become the highest-paid cricketer in the world.

This follows a new twist regarding the real reasons behind Smith’s latest finger injury.

Rajasthan Royals chief chef, Vilnot Relly, says Smith wasn’t injured while trying to take a catch, but during a heated argument with Royals skipper Shane Warne over Smith’s eating habits.

According to Relly, Smith has taken quite a liking to Ahmedabad’s curries, and that is the real reason why he has been dubbed ‘Poppadum fingers’ within cricket circles.

“It has nothing to do with breaking his fingers easily — he just seems to always have a poppadum to hand,” Relly said via SMS late last night.

Relly’s revelations received further spice after a leading caterer at Kingsmead told The Witness that Smith was a regular in Durban’s “Curry Mile”, and that he and Hashim Amla have fostered a strong bond due to their similar tastes off the field.

“It would be great if he came here,” the hot tip said, adding that Smith may yet rescue the Dolphins from their current woes.

Unfortunately, due to his Proteas duties, Smith will hardly feature for the KZN franchise.

Relly, who seems very highly connected for a man in the kitchen, added that Warne and Smith had hardly spoken after falling out over a spare curry whilst in Mumbai.

“That was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Warne is a big man, with a big appetite, and he took umbrage that Smith could dare dive in without the skipper’s permission.”

It seems that Smith’s absence and the Royals’ turn in fortunes may have as much to do with cricket as it does curry.

The Dolphins, though, will be crossing their fingers that the national skipper starts cooking at Kingsmead from now on.

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