South Africa T20 League has started making headlines. SA20 Commissioner and former South African batter Graeme Smith believes that the league has the power to become the most successful and biggest league after IPL. All 6 teams are being controlled by IPL franchises and it won’t be wrong to say that this is the Mini IPL.
The league is slated to take place in January- February 2023 and is going to collide with BBL. It would be interesting to see how the league unfolds. The 1st round of the Auction was quite a fascinating one as Tristan Stubbs got paid 9.2 million South African Rand (USD 540,000) for Sunrisers. Rilee Rossouw was the second-highest price of 6.9 million Rands for team SunRisers.
Temba Bavuma & Dean Elgar couldn’t attract bids
South Africa white ball captain Temba Bavuma was left unsold. It was surprising to see that as Bavuma has the knack of playing long & sensible innings. We all know the importance of 60-70 runs by a batter and Bavuma knows how to construct the innings. The captain would be dejected and now he needs to transform his game a little bit in order to fit in the game.
Dean Elgar, the Test Captain who is at the back end of the innings had astonishingly put his name on the auction list. The batter has shown that he can play attacking shots but with age not on his side, it was obvious to see him get unsold. The Test Skipper though has a chance in the second round of the auctions as who knows he may find a franchise.
Big Names Galore for SA20
The likes of Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, Kagiso Rabada, Faf du Plessis, Eoin Morgan & a lot of other players have been sold. It looks like the league is going to be spectacular. The reason behind it could be India fans as mentioned earlier all the franchises are controlled by IPL owners.
South Africa has taken a big risk as they have cancelled their ODI fixtures against Australia for this league. We all know that South Africa’s ODI Super League journey hasn’t been that promising.