South African white team captain Temba Bavuma on Thursday admitted he was frustrated at not being able to solicit bids in the auction for his country’s new Twenty20 tournament. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed,” he said in a media conference before the South African team set off on a one-day tour and T20 international to India, followed by T20 World. Cup in Australia.
“I feel frustrated and frustrated,” he said. “I’d like to talk more about it, maybe it’s not the right time. Our focus now is on India and the World Cup.”
Bavuma and comprehensive Andile Phehlukwayo were the only members of the Indian detachment not to be purchased in the SA20 auction.
Both have a base price of 850,000 rand ($50,000) but none of the other current national teams are purchased for less than 1.5 million rand.
Two players not in the touring party, fast pitcher Sisanda Magala and Batman Donavon Ferreira, also attracted buyers.
Bavuma said: “One person is expected to play an important role in the tournament. “But not only me, Andile too, who played a lot of white cricket for South Africa.”
Trainer Mark Boucherwho will end his term 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 on this team like you can’t believe it,” Boucher said. “What happens in tournaments and auctions – you can’t control that.
“From Proteas’ point of view, we support him 100%. Going into a major tournament like the World Cup, he will be an important part of our team.”
South Africa will play three T20 matches and three international matches a day in India, starting with the T20 match in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.
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