The President, Mr Beresford Williams, and incoming Chief Executive, Nabeal Dien, expressed their full confidence not only in the ability and proficiency of Dodgen, but also highlighted his loyalty, work ethic and commitment to Western Province cricket as commendable features.
Dodgen successfully served as Tournament Director of the Festival of Cricket in January 2013 at the Newlands Cricket Ground.
He also had a stint as Events Co-ordinator for intervals during the past 24 months.
From 2004 to 2006, Dodgen operated in the amateur department of the Western Province Cricket Association.
“I have always been passionate about the game. My late father impressed upon me the importance not to relinquish one’s dreams in turning a hobby into a fulltime-career,” added Dodgen, who also spent four years as an umpire for WPCUA.
He temporarily pursued other career interests from 2006 to 2010. His return to Newlands saw Dodgen operate as Media Centre Co-ordinator from November 2010 to April 2011.
In May 2011 he was contracted as Team and Operations Officer for the Nashua Cape Cobras and never relinquished the position.
Dodgen became an integral part of the logistical and team operations team under the Richard Pybus-regime as head coach of the Cobras. “I have benefited vastly from his methodical and structured approach to team operations management,” said Dodgen. “Subsequently, Paul Adams allowed me to grow in the team managerial role,” he added.
Highlights of his career – apart from the six trophies since 2011 – included the request to serve as Tournament Director of the Cricket Festival in January 2013 and to operate as Events Co-ordinator in November 2013 for the Pakistan tour and in February/March 2014 for the Australian tour.
Cricket South Africa also approached Dodgen in 2013 to enrol for the SuperSport new manager’s program in sport- and event management at the Wits Business School. He successfully completed the course in November 2013.
“An autographed shirt by the South Afrian test captain Hashim Amla and his personal gratitude for my successful involvement as team manager for the Cape Cobras at the Oppo Champions League Twenty20-event in September and October 2014 is a moment I will always treasure,” he added.
“Working in a professional environment where I have learned so much from a mentor in Nabeal, and been given opportunities to entrench myself in team operations by the interim Chief Executive Mohamed Ebrahim and subsequently by André Odendaal, the long-serving CEO of the Western Province Cricket Association and the Nashua Cape Cobras, have richly benefited my career,” said Dodgen.