Stubbs scores big at SA20 player auction, unsold Bavuma

Proteas regulars Temba Bavuma and Andile Phehlukwayo were considered surplus in the early stages of the Auction SA20 Mondaybut Tristan Stubbs has benefited from a huge salary which should ensure he won’t be short of pocket money for quite some time.

Bavuma, who goes captain South Africa at the T20 World Cup next monthfailed to attract a bid at its base price of R850,000, and is hoping for a late reprieve on Monday night if a franchise requests that it be added to the express rounds that will end the auction.

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The versatile Phehlukwayo also had a base price of R850,000 and was not purchased. Obviously, the international market looked at their averages and strike rates and deemed them too poor.

That was certainly not the case when it came to sensational new talent Stubbs, who is only 22 but has already made his mark at international level.

Stubbs, a devastating finisher who is also a great outfielder and can spin a few spins, drew the highest price of the auction – a R9.2 million fee 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.

‘Stubbs like my third son’

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 enjoyed working with each other. He is also a Mumbai Indians player in the IPL. C He’s a special talent, that’s why we invested so much in him,” said Katich.

Rilee Rossouw’s inspiring reputation in T20 cricket saw him claim the second-highest prize, going to the Pretoria Capitals for R6.9million.

SA20 Rilee Rossouw
T20 specialist Rilee Rossouw, seen here playing for the Invincibles Oval, will play an important role in the SA20 competition. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Big things are expected from versatile bowler Marco Jansen, who went to Sunrisers Eastern Cape for R6.1m, while another left arm who can belt the ball, Wayne Parnell, picked up R5.6m of the Pretoria Capitals in recognition of the miraculous acts of which he is capable.

Sisanda Magala was also among the top five winners, despite missing attention from Proteas, with Sunrisers Eastern Cape once again scrambling for one of their most wanted players, grabbing the death bowling specialist for 5.4million rands.

This is a developing story and will be updated later.