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SA T20 Auctions: IPL Owners Loosen the Wallet as Young Tristan Stubbs Gets 9 Million Rand from Sunrisers EC | Cricket News

CAPE TOWN: South African batting sensation Tristan Stubbs caused a bidding frenzy with Sunrisers Eastern Cape received his services for a staggering 9.2 million rand (plus USD 500,000) at the inaugural auction of the SA T20 competition here on Monday.
The six teams in the league are owned by IPL franchises — 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 (Sunrisers Hyderabad owner Kaviya Maran).
With a salary cap of R 34 million (approximately USD 1.9 million, INR 15 crore) per team, bidding was fierce, with Stubbs, who plays for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, being the most sought-after.
Four franchises were involved in a bidding war with MI Cape Town making the first move, followed by Paarl Royals. By the end, however, it was Johannesburg Super Kings and Sunrisers Eastern Cape, who fought tooth and nail before the latter put in a winning bid of R9.2 million.
“I’m still shaking,” was Stubbs’ first response.
The other big purchase for Sunrisers was their own IPL player – left arm pacer Marco Jansen for R 6.1 million (USD 344,000)
One of the other notable winners was left-handed batter Rilee Rossouw, who smiled his way to the bench with a bid of R 6.9 million (about USD 390,000) from Pretoria Capitals.
From the famous players, Lungi Ngidi got R3.4 million (USD 191,000) while Tabraiz Shamsi got an offer of R 4.3 million (USD 242,000) from the same franchise.
The hard-hitting Heinrich Klaasen was chosen by Durban Super Giants for R 4.5 million (USD 252,000), while Keshav Maharaj was awarded R 2.5 million (USD 141,000) from Sanjiv Goenkathe team.
Johannesburg Super Kings picked up English batter Dawid Malan for R 2.7 million (USD 152,000) and the tough youngster Harry Brook for R 2.1 million (USD 118,000).
The big names that remained unsold include World Cup captain, England captain Eoin Morgan, and South African ODI captain Temba Bavuma and the Asia Cup-winning opening pair from Sri Lanka, Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka.

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