The much anticipated Mzansi Super League (MSL 2.0) Player Draft saw South Africa’s most promising young talent and also some experienced campaigners being omitted.
The player draft take place at the Walter Sisulu Square in Soweto on Tuesday where the teams made their picks to fill the remaining places from the foreign/kolpak and South African players.
Thirteen players were chosen today and the 14th position will be a wild card to be selected at the conclusion of the Provincial T20 competition. This will give all squads a total of 16 players.
The list of Players who were not picked includes:
The purpose of the Mzansi Super League (MLS) is to give young players the platform to showcase their talent; groom them but to see Verreynne being snubbed is certainly a big surprise. The 22- year old wicket-keeper batsman scored 171 runs in the recent 2018/2019 CSA T20 Challenge for the Cape Cobras. His strike rate was 106.86 and his highest score was 44* in his 9 matches. In the first addition of the MSL, he played for the Cape Town Blitz where he scored 107 in 5 matches at a healthy strike rate 133.75, average of 35 and hitting a beautifully made 53* against Tshwane Spartans. Verreynne is a player with a huge potential and one for the future.
With over 163 T20 Matches and six T20 Internationals, Kleinveldt was a big and shocking omission. The bowling all-rounder was second on the list of bowlers with the most wickets in the 2018/19 CSA T20 Challenge with a best of 4/33 against The Warriors.
Kleinveldt has 1000+ T20 runs under his belt at a strike rate of 149.11. The former Proteas player is a revelation in white-ball cricket. He won the award as Momentum One-Day Cup Player of the Year. His 15 wickets came at an impressive average of 16.80. His experience is a massive loss.
Frylinck has played T20 cricket in big leagues such as the Indian Premier League (IPL) and also featured for Surrey in England, Trinbago Knight Riders in the Caribbean and recently in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) where he played for Chittagong Viking, producing a couple of match winning performances including his 4/14 against the Rangpur Riders.
He shows no fear with the bat as he has over 1000 T20 runs at a healthy strike rate of 150.45. The Dolphins all-rounder has a proven T20 track record and has played three T20 internationals for the Proteas.
Early this year Paterson bowled one of the great death overs of his career when the Cape Cobras beat the Highveld Lions by five runs at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday. Lions went into the final over, needing just 8 runs for victory with five wickets in hand Paterson conceded only two runs off his final six balls and took three wickets.
During the MSL 2018 Players Draft, Paterson was the top pick. He might have had a poor showing but a player of his calibre is still a notable omission when you take into consideration his abilities and experience in the shorter vision of the game.
Many of you might remember Jonker for his breathtaking 49 in just 24 balls for the Proteas (debut T20I match) against a strong Indian team where he nearly won the game for his side in Newland. He has proven himself to be a good white ball cricket and great finisher for the Warriors over the last couple of years. He recently played in the BPL for the Rajshahi Kings
Based on his 2018/19 CSA T20 Challenge where he was in the top five of bowlers with the most wickets at an average of 23.90, you could argue that Bokako is a bit of a surprise excluding. He played the Durban Heats in the 2018 MSL and he is a regular member of the SA Emerging side.
Other players who you could possibly argue that they could have been picked include: Diego Rosier, Eddie Leie, Andrew Birch, Ghihan Cloete, Dane Piedt, Zubayr Hamza