It seemed strange that the cricket franchise headquartered in Durban would make the effort to announce a high-profile signing in Johannesburg with a hastily called press conference that snowballed into a live television broadcast.
But in today’s day and age it’s relatively easy to put two and two together with the help of social media so when Kevin Pietersen shared that today was his last day in South Africa it all began to make sense.
When he walked into the room in branded Dolphins gear it was a mere formality as he was unveiled as one of the franchise’s international signings for the Ram Slam T20 competition. The event gets under way on November 1 with the Dolphins set to meet the Titans in Benoni.
With his international career on hold after a high-profile spat the England international has become something of a T20 cricket mercenary with cameos in the Indian Premier League, Caribbean Premier League, Big Bash and now the Ram Slam T20.
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to play in Durban again. Obviously Durban holds a special place in my heart having grown up there,” Pietersen, who was born in Pietermaritzburg, said at yesterday’s announcement.
He has signed on for five matches in the tournament and will be around for the first two weeks of the competition before moving on to fulfil commitments with the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash.
It is hoped that the 35-year-old can also serve as motivation for the younger talent in the Dolphins squad and it’s something that the right-handed batsman is all too happy to provide.
“I just hope we can get off to some exciting, winning cricket. I want to contribute on the field but in all the global tournaments I play in now it’s about giving back to the youngsters and developing them and their game.”
“Hopefully I’ll put on a good show in terms of my training and meticulous way I go about my business so that other guys can benefit and that the Dolphins can benefit,” Pietersen added.