Bavuma is our leader and I back him 100%: Coach Boucher on Proteas white-ball captain

Temba Bavuma, Six Sports

SA20 is the new t20 league of the South Africa Cricket Board. The new league is set to inaugurate next year in January. Many players from West Indies and so on are keenly interested to participate in this league. The league may be fruitful in boosting the sports in their country and help in development at the grassroots level. Recently the cricket board completed its auction and chose the squad pools for every team. However the white ball captain of South Africa – Temba Bavuma was surprisingly unsold at this mega auction. Coach Boucher has come forward to provide him with support.

Timba Bavuma exclusion from SA20

Temba Bavuma statement:

” Unfortunately I wasn’t involved in that auction or coaching in any one of those teams. One thing I can say is that leagues come and go. I [fully understand] and respect this new league in South African cricket. I think it is needed, but let’s separate the national team from league.”

Coach Boucher’s statement:

” Temba Bavuma is our leader and I back him 100%. There is a lot of talk on social media and I don’t really care to be honest. He is our leader and we back him in this team like you can’t believe. The guys were there last night (Wednesday) and I could just see the energy around him because they understand the situation that he is going through. The bottom line is that we are on a journey and we have been on this journey for the last two years, and he has been a massive part of this journey and we back him. What happens in leagues, auctions and stuff, you can’t control that. Unfortunately it is what it is. Going into a massive tournament like the World Cup, he will be a massive part of our team.”

The t20 world cup is around the corner and Temba Bavuma will lead the national team in the tournament. But he being unsold raised a quite number of questions. Although representing teams in nationals and leagues have a large difference. Representing the national team is a pride. One has to give his best while performing. He has played 25 t20i and maintains an average of 26. He plays with a strike rate of 120. This nowhere proves his incapability in the t20s.

South Africa squad for t20 world cup

Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Reeza Hendricks, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Rillee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs.

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