South African batsmen Hashim Amla and Reeza Hendricks went unsold in the opening round of Tuesday’s Indian Premier League player auction.
Hendricks struck consecutive centuries for the Jozi Stars in the recent Mzansi Super League, but failed to pique the interest of any 2019 IPL franchise.
Amla, meanwhile, endured a poor stretch of form for the Durban Heat in the MSL. He previously represented the Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.
Several other star internationals were ignored at Tuesday’s event in Jaipur, too, including England trio Alex Hales, Chris Woakes and Chris Jordan.
Australians Adam Zampa, Fawad Ahmed, Ben McDermott and Usman Khawaja also failed to gain interest.
New Zealanders Brendon McCullum and Jimmy Neesham were among those overlooked as well.
Former Proteas batsman Colin Ingram was purchased by Delhi at Tuesday’s event in Jaipur.
Ingram was a member of the Pakhtoons’ squad in the recent T10 League in Sharjah – and has won Caribbean Premier League and Big Bash League titles with the Trinbago Knight Riders and Adelaide Strikers respectively.
The Sunrisers also bid for Ingram, but his former franchise ultimately re-signed the hard-hitting left-hander, much to the delight of those who punt online and are known to use the hollywoodbets promo code.
The 33-year-old Ingram played 31 ODIs and nine T20Is before signing a Kolpak contract, which disallows him from representing the Proteas.
The Delhi Daredevils were recently renamed the Delhi Capitals. The franchise has participated in all 11 editions of the IPL since its inception in 2008, but have never won a title. They finished last in the 2018 tournament – and also in three previous years.
Look who is joining AB at RCB
The Royal Challengers Bangalore purchased Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Heinrich Klaasen at Tuesday’s Indian Premier League auction.
Klaasen will play alongside former South African captain AB de Villiers at the Royal Challengers, who also bought West Indian batsman Simron Hetmyer at Tuesday’s sale in Jaipur.
The hard-hitting Klaasen played for the Durban Heat in the recent Mzansi Super League. The franchise ended at the bottom of the inaugural tournament’s six-team standings.
‘Bangalore is a special place, a second home, really,’ De Villiers was quoted as saying by IOL ealier this year.
‘I played my 100th Test there, and obviously RCB is a massive part of my life. India as a country has taken me in, and it’s hard to explain what that feels like. I will keep on playing IPL for a few years.’
Fast bowler Dale Steyn, and batsmen Reeza Hendricks and Hashim Amla, meanwhile, went unsold at Tuesday’s event in Jaipur.
Steyn represented the Deccan Chargers, Gujarat Lions, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad in previous editions of the IPL, but failed to secure a franchise for the 2019 tournament.
He impressed for the Cape Town Blitz in the recent Mzansi Super League.
Hendricks struck consecutive centuries for the Jozi Stars in the recent MSL, while Amla endured a poor stretch of form for the Durban Heat.