CCMA finds in Dolphins favour


The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) have dismissed former Protea Lance Klusener's referral, regarding his dismissal from the position of Dolphins head coach.

The former allrounder sought arbitration, after the Dolphins opted not to renew Klusener's contract following the Dolphins mediocre showings in the Sunfoil Series and Momentum One Day Cup.

A Dolphins release stated: "In the Award, the CCMA found that Klusener had failed to discharge the onus of proving a legitimate expectation of renewal of the contract existed at the time of the non-renewal."

Under Klusener, the Dolphins failed to earn a trophy and despite reaching the T20 final on the back of some brilliant performances from Kevin Pietersen, the organization terminated the coach's tenure.

The release continued: "When the team failed to match the expectations of the franchise and for that matter the public and fans, any expectation Klusener may have had of renewal, would have diminished."

Acting CEO of Dolphins, Rajesh Behari, said: "It is relief to have this matter now resolved, and we can focus all our energies on the upcoming season,

"The squad is energised and enthusiastic, and we are encouraged by the pre-season preparations. The conclusion of the CCMA matter involving Lance Klusener now clears the way for everyone at KwaZulu-Natal Cricket to commit all our energies into the new season."

Klusener has been replaced at the Dolphins by Grant Morgan.