South African batting sensation Tristan Stubbs sparked a bidding frenzy when Sunrisers Eastern Cape got his services for a staggering 9.2 million rand (plus USD 500,000) at the inaugural auction of the SA T20 competition in Cape Town on Monday. The six teams in the league are owned by IPL franchises — MI Cape Town (Reliance), Pretoria Capitals (JSW), Paarl Royals (Royals Sports Group), Durban Super Giants (RPG-Sanjiv Goenka), Johannesburg Super Kings (India Cements), Sunrisers Eastern Cape (Sunrisers Hyderabad owner Kaviya Maran).
With a salary cap of R 34 million (approximately USD 1.9 million, INR 15 crore) per team, bidding was fierce, with Stubbs, who plays for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, being the most sought-after.
Four franchises were involved in a bidding war with MI Cape Town making the first move, followed by Paarl Royals. By the end, however, it was Johannesburg Super Kings and Sunrisers Eastern Cape, who fought tooth and nail before the latter put in a winning bid of R9.2 million.
“I’m still shaking,” was Stubbs’ first response.
The other big purchase for Sunrisers was their own IPL player — pacesetter Marco Jansen for R6.1 million (USD 344,000). One of the other notable winners was left-handed batter Rilee Rossouw, who smiled to the bench d R 6.9 million (about USD 390,000) bid from Pretoria Capitals.
From the famous players, Lungi Ngidi got R3.4 million (191,000 USD), while Tabraiz Shamsi got an offer of R 4.3 million (242,000 USD) from the same franchise.
The tough Heinrich Klaasen was chosen by Durban Super Giants for R 4.5 million (USD 252,000), while Keshav Maharaj was awarded R 2.5 million (USD 141,000) from Sanjiv Goenka’s team.
Johannesburg Super Kings picked up English batter Dawid Malan for R 2.7 million (USD 152,000) and the tough youngster Harry Brook for R 2.1 million (USD 118,000).
The big names that remained unsold include England World Cup captain Eoin Morgan, South African ODI captain Temba Bavuma and Asia Cup winning opening pair from Sri Lanka Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka.
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