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SA20 2022 – 3 Absolute bargain acquisitions from the auction

The 19th of September 2022 will go down in South African cricket history as a watershed moment. After several unsuccessful attempts in the past, SA20 Commissioner Graeme Smith and all other Cricket South Africa authorities have finally done everything correctly to organize the maiden season of SA20 – South Africa’s fresh new T20 league.

The event, which is expected to begin in early 2023, will include six franchises from throughout the nation. The Indian Premier League supporters are naturally ecstatic since numerous IPL franchises have teams in the first event.

There were many known faces at the SA20 auction, which proved to be quite interesting. To the delight of spectators, they were once again able to watch minor clashes among recognizable figures at the auction.

As with every previous auction, participants walked away with a lot of money during the SA20 sale, but there were a few exceptions. Sunrisers Eastern Cape paid a stunning Rand 9.2 million for Tristan Stubbs, making him the most expensive player at the auction.

At the same time, franchises snagged some incredibly valuable brands without paying them a lot of money. Let’s take a look at 3 players who turned out to be bargain acquisitions for their respective franchises.

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Number 1. Jason Roy

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Form is ephemeral, but class is everlasting – that’s presumably what Paarl Royals were thinking when they bid on the powerful English hitter. The 32-year-old maintained his basic price of R 850,000 and was sold for R 1.5 million, a bargain given the harm he can wreak.

It is true that Roy has struggled with the bat as an opener, scoring just 96 runs in his past nine T20 outings. The England squad opted not to choose him for the forthcoming T20 World Cup due to his poor form, and hence, SA20 would be the ideal platform for him to establish his class once again.

Roy has played 295 T20 matches throughout the world and scored 7694 runs. The Englishman is noted for his aggressive strokes, as seen by his strike rate of 142.34. At the top of the order, he will bat alongside his national colleague Jos Buttler. Now, if Buttler, his national team captain, gets off to a strong start, Roy will have some breathing room. South African grounds will also suit a player like Roy.

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Number 2. Will Jacks

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Will Jacks, an allrounder, is seen as a potential player. Pretoria Capitals were eager to snap up the kid, paying just R 1.10 million for him. The 23-year-old has yet to make his international debut, but given the kind of cricket he can play, Jacks will be in the England white-ball squad sooner rather than later.

Jacks has appeared in 100 T20 matches and scored 2492 runs in the format. His strike rate of 154.30 is fairly impressive for an opener, but he struggles to convert his starts. In SA20, he will have the chance to work with some of the top coaches in the world, which will allow him to enhance his game and make a case for himself in front of his national selectors.

He has the ability and is recognized for being a clean striker of the ball. He’s also a quality bowler, which will help him get into the team. He has a 7.19 average with the ball and has 23 wickets in 39 innings.

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Number 3. Kusal Mendis

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The price of Kusal Mendis at R 425,000 was the true surprise of the day. Pretoria Capitals won the auction for him because no other club had a significant interest in the Sri Lankan international. He had expected to make a lot of money after a solid Asia Cup performance, but that wasn’t the case.

His strike rate has been a concern in T20 cricket, but he is someone who can help his side get off to a solid start. In T20Is, the wicket-keeper batsman averages 20.90, whereas, in domestic cricket, Mendis averages 28.46 and has a strike rate of 135.24. He is quite versatile and can bat anywhere in the top order.

Mendis is a technically sound player. He, on the other hand, is inconsistent, which is an issue he must address. Despite this, Mendis, which sold for R 425,000, is one of the auction’s bargains.