Cricket

Snubbed Proteas at the T20 Global League

2017-08-28 16:00
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Cape Town - All eight squads for the inaugural T20 Global League are now complete and while there were some surprise picks, there were a couple of notable South Africans who were not drafted.

READ: The overnight millionaires of the T20 GL draft

On Sunday, 16 rounds of draft picks - with different cash brackets - took place, with the first round seeing players pocketing R1.75 million, while the final two rounds saw players earn a cool R130 000.

One noticeable exclusion was Proteas Test opener Stephen Cook.

Cook, who was recently dropped from the Proteas Test squad prior to the England series, was not picked up in the draft.

Cook has been in great form of late for South Africa 'A' scoring 32, 102*, 98 and 70* in the unofficial Test matches against India 'A' this month.

Another element to the draft included South African players who are currently on Kolpak deals who were considered as international players.

Of the 10 Kolpak players that were shortlisted, only half were picked up - Colin Ingram (Joburg Giants), Dane Vilas (Pretoria Mavericks), Colin Ackermann (Nelson Mandela Bay Stars) and David Wiese (Benoni Zalmi).

Richard Levi was also a surprising exclusion despite being known as T20 specialist.

Levi, who played 13 T20Is for the Proteas, shot to international stardom when he scored 100 off 45 balls on the way to an unbeaten 117 in a win over New Zealand in 2012.

Proteas batsman Stiaan van Zyl was also snubbed in the draft alongside Dolphins batsman Cameron Delport.

Other Proteas left unpicked included spinner Simon Harmer, fast bowler Marchant de Lange and seamer Hardus Viljoen.

FULL SQUADS: T20 GLOBAL LEAGUE

The tournament will run from November 3 to December 16 this year.

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