“Feel Disappointed And Depressed”: Temba Bavuma After SA20 Auction

“Feel Disappointed And Depressed”: Temba Bavuma After SA20 Auction


South Africa’s white-ball captain Temba Bavuma on Thursday admitted he was disappointed at his country’s failure to bid in the auction for the new Twenty20 league. “If I said I was not disappointed, I would be lying,” he said at a media conference ahead of the South African team’s one-day and T20 International tour of India. Australia.

“I feel hopeless and hopeless,” he said. “As much as I want to speak more about it, maybe this is not the right time. Now our focus is on India and the World Cup.”

Bavuma and all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo were the only members of the India-bound squad that were not bought during the SA20 auction.

Both set a base price of 850,000 rand (USD 50,000), but none of the other existing national squads were bought for less than 1.5 million rand.

Two players who were not in the touring party, pacer Sisanda Magala and batsman Donavan Ferreira, also attracted buyers.

“Hope to play a role in the tournament,” Bavuma said. “But it’s not just me, it’s Andile too who has played a lot of white-ball cricket for South Africa.”

Coach Mark Boucher, who finished 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 in this team like you can’t believe,” Boucher said. “You can’t control what happens in leagues and auctions.

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“From a Proteas standpoint we support him 100 percent. He will be a big part of our team going into a big tournament like the World Cup.”

South Africa will play three T20Is and three ODIs in India, starting with the T20 match in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.

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