Dane Vilas signs for Dolphins and will give his services to Lancashire as well
After spending over seven seasons with the Cobras he finally made a move to experience deprived Dolphins.
Updated - Apr 4, 2017 1:15 pm
Dane Vilas has signed a Kolpak deal with the English county side Lancashire. The more major deal he signed was with the Dolphins. After spending over seven seasons with the Cobras he finally made a move to experience deprived Dolphins.
Vilas is a wicket-keeper who has played for South Africa in Tests on six occasions. Dolphin are short-handed on international players as David Miller and Kyle Abbot made the move away from the franchise. Dolphins already have a wicket-keeper in their ranks, Morne van Wyk, who is 38-years-old and is on the verge of retiring.
Vilas has signed for the Dolphins for the 2017-18 season and will do the majority of the wicket-keeping for them in all the formats. However, that will not be his role at the county as he will have fewer things to do there. There is a young wicket-keeper in the Lancashire roster who is trying his best to earn an England cap.
Vilas will go in there and play second fiddle to him. Vilas cleared, “I will be available to keep for Lancashire if they need me to but they have a young keeper, Alex Davies, who is trying to break into the England ranks, so it will be good to offer assistance where I can.”
He also asserted on the importance of signing the Kolpak deal which allows him to play the majority of his cricket for Dolphins. Since the South-African domestic side only has Imran Tahir who is an experienced international cricketer, Keshav Maharaj and Andile Phehlukwayo the other two internationals with little experience, Dane Vilas will be key to their season.
Vilas said, “Signing the Kolpak deal will mean that I will be able to focus on contributing to the Dolphins in all three formats.”
Dolphins were in a state of bother when so many international stars left them but with some good players in their squad and a little bit of international experience, it might just be enough for Grant Morgan their coach to better the fourth position of last year during this season.