South African T20I team captain Temba Bavuma made no secret of his dismay at going unsold at this SA20 tournament auction. He is the first National side captain to be not picked in their own t20 league. Since then, there has been lot of reactions on social media from the fans that the only reason he is been in the Proteas team is because of color and quota system.
Bavuma said on Thursday, on the eve of the Proteas’ departure for a white-ball tour to India , ” I’d be lying if I said I didn’t have any feelings of disappointment.”
“Obviously one expected to play a role in the tournament. But it’s not just me, it’s Andile (Phehlukwayo) too, a man who’s played a lot of white ball cricket for South Africa.”
“From my side, there are feelings of disappointment.”, emotional Bavuma said.
However, with his side needing his leadership on a trip that’s going to be vital both from a 50-over World Cup and T20 World Cup perspective, Bavuma is trying not to deep dive into thoughts.
“I almost feel let down in a way. I don’t think it comes down to any entitlement on my side,” he said.
“I also have to caution myself from delving too deep into it. It’s probably not the right time. As much as I want to perhaps speak about the issue too, it’s not the right time. Our focus is India and the T20 World Cup. I’m cautioning myself to delve too deep into the matter. Whenever the right time comes, I’ll look more into it. I feel disappointed and let down.”
He is not following media reports too closely where there have been lot of talks among the fans and media.
“To be honest, I haven’t been following the media and reaction as I generally do anyway. It’s comforting to know there’s a section of the cricketing community who share my sentiments. You want to be selected on whatever merit and credentials. I know what I’m feeling but I don’t know what’s happening outside.”
South Africa is set to play three match T20I series against India starting from 28th September.