South African captain Temba Bavuma admitted on Thursday that he was disappointed he had failed to bid in the auction for his country’s new Twenty20 competition. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed,” he said at a media conference ahead of the South African team’s departure for a one-day and T20 internationals tour of India, which will be followed by the T20 World Cup in Australia.
“I feel disappointed and let down,” he said. “As much as I would like to say more about it, it is probably not the right time. Our focus is now on India and the World Cup.”
Bavuma and all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo were the only members of the India-bound squad not to be bought in the SA20 auction.
Both had set a base price of 850,000 rand (USD 50,000), but none of the other current national teams were bought for less than 1.5 million rand.
Two players not in the tour, fast bowler Sisanda Magala and batsman Donavon Ferreira, also attracted buyers.
“People expected to play a role in the tournament,” said Bavuma. “But it’s not just me, it’s Andile, who has played a lot of cricket for South Africa.”
Coach Mark Boucher, who will end his tenure after the World Cup, said it was necessary to separate the league and the national team.
“He (Bavuma) is our leader and we support him in this team like you can’t believe,” said Boucher. “What happens in competitions and auctions — you have no control over that.
“From a Proteas perspective, we support him 100 percent. If he goes into a big tournament like the World Cup, he will be a big part of our team.”
South Africa will play three T20 and three one-day internationals in India, starting with a T20 match in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.
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