South Africa’s young cricket superstar Tristan Stubbs fetched an eye-popping R9.2 million from the Eastern Cape Sunrisers at the inaugural SA20 auction in Cape Town on Monday.
The Eastern Cape Sunrisers also broke the bank for Marco Jansen, who they splashed R6.1 million to secure.
The Gqebhera-based Sunrisers were the biggest buyers on the day, snapping up another local, Sisanda Magala, for R5.4 million and R2.3 million for Jon-Jon Smuts.
The Pretoria Capitals were one of biggest spenders as they splashed R6.9 million for Proteas top-order batter Rilee Rossouw.
The third highest bid also came from the Capitals after they forked out R5.6 million for Proteas all-rounder Wayne Parnell.
Lungi Ngidi was the first ever player to go under the hammer at the Cape Town International Convention Centre as the Paarl Royals spent R3.4 million on him.
Proteas leg-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi was the first player to dip over R4 million as he joined Ngidi at the Royals for R4.3 million.
There was late drama towards the end of the auction as the Joburg Super Kings and the Pretoria Capitals entered into a bidding war for Donavon Ferreira.
It was tense on the auction floor for a moment and, after discussions with the SA20 commissioner Graeme Smith, the Joburg Super Kings prevailed and snatched Ferreira for R5.5 million.
From a low base price of R175 000, at the tail end of the auction, Ferreira’s sale was astounding.
All the players who fetched a high price were bought from a base price of R175 000 (the lowest of the auction).
The SA20 commissioner – essentially the league’s chief executive – said the top prizes speak to the confidence of the investment in South African cricket and cricketers. Smith said:
“About 315 players put their names in the hat and it was up to the teams to decide on their strategies. It’s a great start.”
Several international players, who set their base price bids from a low of R425 000 to R850 000 and a high of R1.7 million, mostly went unsold.
“These things can be revisited. The base prices are set by the players themselves as well.”
There will be jubilations in the Jansen family after Marco’s twin brother, Duan, was bought for R3.3 million by MI Cape Town.
Other South African players who cost an arm and a leg are George Linde, who was auctioned off at R3.9 million to MI Cape Town and fellow national team spinner Keshav Maharaj, who was snapped up for R2.5 million by the Durban Super Giants.
It was a good day generally for South African players with Rassie van der Dussen being snapped up for R3.9 million by the MI Cape Town.
The Durban Super Giants also got in on the act with a R4.1 million signing of Proteas all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius, and R4.5 million on Heinrich Klaasen.
The Joburg Super Kings were among the big spenders on the day spending R4.5 million for Proteas limited-overs top-order batter Reeza Hendricks, R2.7 million for Janneman Malan and R2.1 million for English star batter Harry Brooks fetched R2.1 million.
Other South African big buys were Bjorn Fortuin, who went to the Paarl Royals for R15 million.
Among top South African players who went unsold were both Proteas white-ball and test captains – Temba Bavuma and Dean Elgar – and fellow Protea Andile Phehlukwayo, who had no takers from his high base price of R850 000.
Another English player, wicketkeeper-batter Phil Salt, was fetched for R2 million, Protea Ryal Rickelton cost the MI Cape Town R1 million.
But the two players who were sold for the most money are South African players, who rose from a low base.
“It is exciting.” Smith said:
“But then things started moving. It’s terrific and hopefully the start of a lot more to come.”
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