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Rising star Tristan Stubbs was purchased by the Sunrisers Eastern Cape, who paid 9.2 million rand ($540,000) for the middle hitter to play in the event in January and February. Sunrisers also paid the second highest bid of 6.9 million rand for the polisher Rilee Rossouw. SA20 Commissioner and former South African star Graeme Smith said the aim is to make the new league the second most popular league in the world after the Indian Premier League (IPL).
All six franchises in South Africa are controlled by the Indian owners of the IPL teams, although there are no Indian players.
All-round high Marco Jansen went to the Capital of Pretoria for 5.6 million rand.
Eoin Morganwho recently gave up international cricket after a stint as England’s white team captain, was selected by Paarl Royals in auction.
Some of the top players, including the captain of England’s white ball Jos ButtlerI am omnipotent Liam Livingstone and Afghan cameraman Rashid Khan were contracted before the auction along with the South African stars Kagiso Rabada, David Miller, Faf du Plessis and Anrich Nortje.
Unsold overseas players include Jimmy Neesham of New Zealand, West Indies Odean SmithBrandon King, Jayden Seales and Shai HopeEngland Tymal Mills and Ollie Robinson as well as Sri Lankans Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis and Kusal Perera.
Unsold players can be purchased in the second round of bidding.
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