South African polish feel Tristan Stubbs caused a bidding frenzy with Sunrisers Eastern Cape receiving his services for a staggering 9.2 million rand (plus $500,000) at the first auction of the SA T20 tournament in the Cape. Town on Monday. The six teams in the league are owned by IPL – 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 (owner Kaviya Maran of Sunrisers Hyderabad).
With a salary cap of R34 million (US$1.9 million, INR 15 crore) per team, strong bidding was witnessed with Stubbs, who is playing for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, Most searched for.
Four franchises entered the bidding war with MI Cape Town, making the initial move followed by Paarl Royals. On the final side, however, it was the Super Kings of Johannesburg and the Eastern Cape Sunrisers who fought each other before the latter put up a winning bid of Rs 9.2 million.
“I’m still shaking,” was Stubbs’ first reaction.
The other big buy for the Sunrisers is their own IPL player – left-handed players Marco Jansen for R6.1 million ($344,000) One of the other notable gainers is left-handed Rilee Rossouwwho burst out laughing when he went to the bank with a bid of Rs 6.9 million (about $390,000) from Pretoria Capitals.
Big names that didn’t sell include the captain of the World Cup-winning England team Eoin MorganCaptain ODI South Africa Temba Bavuma and the opening pair won the Asian Cup from Sri Lanka, Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka.
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