The draught for the new league will take place on September 19 to fill out the six teams with 17 players, ten of whom will be local and seven international.
The six teams will be co-owned by Indian Premier League (IPL) teams that have signed Stephen Fleming, Lance Klusener, Jos Buttler, Maheesh Theekshana, and Liam Livingstone.
According to Bavuma, the SA20 could pave the way for South Africa’s young talent to break into the lucrative IPL.
“I’m looking forward to the upcoming SA20. It will be a fantastic opportunity for our local players to rub shoulders with the best T20 players in the world and share knowledge with them “According to a press release issued by Bavuma.
“The ramifications could include opportunities for players to participate in IPL-owned teams and seeing more of our young talent in those IPL leagues.
“The SA20 will serve as a platform for young players to hone their skills. We can see what the IPL has done for Indian cricket and their young players; they come in confident and fearless “He went on.
“We expect to see that in our local game within the next five to ten years. It’s a chance to make a name for ourselves in T20 cricket and show the world what we (South Africa) are capable of.”
South African players will compete for a life-changing opportunity at the auction, which will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, as the six franchises bring out their $2 million purses to finalise their squads for the inaugural event in January.
Bavuma, who has played 25 T20Is for South Africa, hopes to be part of the SA20 auction.
“The auction will be enormous. As players, we will learn where we will play our cricket “Bavuma stated.
“I live in Johannesburg, so playing at home would be ideal. I am not ruling out any of the teams; I am willing to play for any of them. A young player could be purchased for a high price, which could be life-changing.”
Bavuma has recovered from an elbow injury that has kept him out of the Proteas’ current series against England and is looking forward to getting match ready to lead South Africa at the ICC T20 World Cup next month.
“In terms of recovery, I’m pleased with where I am. It’s been a trying time, but I’m glad I’m here. I’m looking forward to getting out and about again “Bavuma stated.
“My T20 game has had to evolve as a result. T20 cricket has influenced other formats, and the modern game of cricket is evolving at a rapid pace. Like many other players, I’ve had to adapt my game to keep up with the times.
“It’s been exciting having a challenge every time and adapting your game to meet that challenge. The SA20 will provide me with another opportunity to push myself and improve my game, making me more effective.”
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