South Africa's limited-overs captain Temba Bavuma has said he is disappointed after he wasn't picked by any team in the recently concluded SA20 auction. The 32-year-old said he was expecting to play a role in the newly-formed league but was left disappointed when no one came in for him.
"I felt down when I wasn't picked in the auction. I'd be lying if I said that I didn't have any feelings of disappointment. I certainly was expecting to get a role in the tournament. And it's not just myself, its family as well who are so disappointed," Bavuma said after going unsold at the auction.
The SA20 League auction took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in South Africa. A total of six franchises, namely, Durban's Super Giants, Joburg Super Kings, MI Cape Town, Paarl Royals, Pretoria Capitals, and Sunrisers Eastern Cape took part in the auction. The biggest buy of the auction was 22-year-old Tristan Stubbs, who was picked up by Sunrisers Eastern Cape for 9.2 million South African Rand. Followed by Stubbs, were Rilee Rossouw, for whom Pretoria Capitals shelled out 6.9 million South African Rand, and Marco Jansen, who was picked by Sunrisers Eastern Cape for 6.1 million South African Rand.
But the biggest shocks from the auction were the two national captains going unsold in the newly-formed league. Limited-overs captain Temba Bavuma and Test captain Dean Elgar were not picked by any team, and will not take part in the SA20 starting next year.
South Africa's head coach Mark Boucher backed his captain and said the team understood the situation around him.
"Temba is our leader, we back him 100% and you can see the energy around him, the guys understand the situation he is going through," Boucher said.
South Africa will face India in a three-match T20I series and a three-match ODI series in preparation for the upcoming ICC Men's T20 World Cup. The Proteas will travel to India to play the first T20I of the series on September 28.