The SA20 auction yielded a fabulous result for young batsmen Tristan Stubbs and Donovan Ferreira, while other top cricketers were not bought including Proteas regulars Temba Bavuma and Andile Phehlukwayo.
Stubbs is only 22 but has already made his mark at international level as a devastating finisher who is also an excellent outfield player and can spin. I attracted the highest price of the auction – a sum of 9.2 million rand paid by Sunrisers Eastern Cape.
MI Cape Town just kept its paddle in the air from when Stubbs went up for auction, from its base price of R175,000 to millions. They eventually pulled out at R4.6million as the Sunrisers made a concerted effort to keep Stubbs at St George’s Park. Joburg Super Giants pushed the price past a new high of R7m and then MI Cape Town returned, before the Eastern Cape franchise hung on to keep their star player.
MI Cape Town coach Simon Katich said Stubbs had become like a son to him during the recent Hundred competition in England and was disappointed not to have him back.
“I just worked with Tristan in The Hundred and he feels like my third son, that’s how much we’ve enjoyed working with each other. He’s a Mumbai Indians player also in the IPL. He’s a special talent, that’s why we invested so much in him,” said Katich.
Ferreira, 24, who was without a full-time contract last season and had to be granted time off to play for the Northerns Titans in the T20 competition, scored a whopping R5.5million from Joburg Super Kings.
A very good ball hitter and part-time bowler, he is considered a promising white-ball talent, but the bidding frenzy he unleashed was hard to believe.
Just like the complete lack of interest in Bavuma, who will captain South Africa in the T20 World Cup next month, and Phehlukwayo, who couldn’t even attract interest from Durban, where he is a very efficient bowler. Franchises may have balked at their reserve price of R850,000.
The dangerous Rilee Rossouw was second to Stubbs in prize money and will go to the Pretoria Capitals for R6.9million.
Two left-arm bowlers who are also threats with the bat were next in popularity, with Marco Jansen going to Sunrisers Eastern Cape for R6.1m and Wayne Parnell bought by Pretoria Capitals for R5.6m.
Sisanda Magala has once again eclipsed some of his most illustrious colleagues by winning R5.4million in another coup for Sunrisers Eastern Cape.
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