Muthusamy leaves Dolphins for NW

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Spinner Senuran Muthusamy has left the Dolphins.
Spinner Senuran Muthusamy has left the Dolphins.
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Top spinner Senuran Muthusamy has left the Dolphins and will be unveiled as North West’s new signing next week, the Witness can confirm.

Fifteen local provinces are currently finalising contracts with players as they prepare for the new domestic cricket structure coming into play next month.

North West (NW) are among eight teams, including the Dolphins, who will be competing in the top tier, while the other seven provinces do the duty in Division Two.

Division One teams can contract 16 players, while lower tier sides are allowed only 11.

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The Dolphins, who had a total of 18 contracted players, were keen to keep the Durban-born Muthusamy for the new season as he is one of their top players, but he has turned them down.

The 27-year-old played a key role in the Durbanites’ success last season where they reached three finals and won two trophies.

While Dolphins chief executive Heinrich Strydom didn’t want to confirm the player’s departure from Kingsmead, sources did on Thursday.

“Cricket South Africa will announce all the squads on Tuesday,” said Strydom.

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A source at the Durban-based franchise said the move for Muthusamy, who made his Proteas debut in 2019, is all about increasing his chances for more call-ups to the national team in future.

“He is a great player, but I think for him it was all about when Keshav (Maharaj) is around he probably doesn’t bowl as much as he would like,” said the source.

“He has had a lot of opportunities in all the formats and they are speaking about him at the highest level. It’s one of those things, it’s sad he is leaving the Dolphins, but you have to respect his wishes.”

North West have also signed Pietermaritzburg-born cricketer Lwandiswa Zuma, who used to be with KZN Inland.

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