SA20 Commissioner Graeme Smith clarified they have no say in league franchise selection decisions after national team white-ball captain Temba Bavuma failed to sell at the auction. The former South Africa opener sympathized with Bavuma and said it was disappointing that he wasn’t attracting buyers.
Bavuma is the only member of the 15-man T20 World Cup squad not to be sold, aside from Andile Phehlukwayo, one of the traveling reserves. The right-handed batter did not find a taker among the six franchises, despite going under the hammer twice for his base price of R850,000.
Smith, one of the most successful Protea captains, admitted several players were out. However, he denied any influence on such decisions as the buyers are international companies.
Smith told News24:
“There are so many players who missed it, but some great stories came out as well. Apparently, Temba was the only disappointment anyone noticed.
“We are disappointed, but we are not participating in it. These are international companies building businesses in South Africa, building grassroots programs and investing heavily in South African cricket. As a league, we don’t participate in that decision – it’s independent of SA20.”
It’s worth noting that Bavuma doesn’t have particularly big numbers in limited overs cricket. The right-handed batsman, who missed the England tour, has played 25 ODIs and managed just 562 runs, batting at 126.76 with a single half-century. In 100 T20s, the Cape Town-born batter has churned out 2,289 runs at 30.52 with one hundred and eight fifties.
“It’s very difficult for us to know the strategies of the teams” – Graeme Smith
Smith revealed he has no idea why Bavuma hasn’t received any offers and said he doesn’t know the demands of the franchise. He also hopes the limited-surplus skipper will take cue from that snub and score heavily.
“I don’t know. It’s very difficult for us to know the teams’ strategies and what kind of players they are looking for. They are global franchises and very experienced in the T20 format.
“Even in the IPL you get a lot of players who you expect to be picked but aren’t. We’re disappointed in Temba and hope he uses this as an opportunity to prove people wrong and go and get loads of runs and show off his work.”
South Africa’s middle batter Tristan Stubbs became the auction’s most expensive player, fetching R9.2m from SunRisers Eastern Cape.
https://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket-news/news-we-get-involved-decision-making-graeme-smith-denies-influence-temba-bavuma-goes-unsold-sa20-auctions?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda “We don’t get involved with that decision-making”