• MSL ROI – Rands for wkts: best, worst buys

    In a straightforward calculation of contract value divided by wickets taken, these are the bowlers that offered some of the best – and worst – bang for buck in the the Mzansi Super League.


    • Duanne Olivier
      Contract value: R180,000
      Rands per wicket: R,9000

    The Jozi Stars seamer topped the tournament’s wicket-taking ranks with 20, comfortably outdoing Tshwane Spartans duo Lutho Sipamla and Jeevan Mendis, who took 16 each.

    • Simon Harmer
      Contract value: R100,000
      Rands per wicket: R10,000

    Used sparing through the middle overs, occasionally in the mandatory powerplay and deployed for the first over in the final, Harmer’s price was low but 10-wicket yield high enough for the Jozi Stars.

    • Malusi Siboto
      Contract value: R200,000
      Rands per wicket: R22,222

    The quintessential ‘bits and pieces’ Twenty20 bowler, whose variations saw him outperform several other more-fancied team-mates at the Cape Town Blitz, Siboto’s unpredictable approach brought nine wickets.


    • Tabraiz Shamsi
      Contract value: R1,000,000
      Rands per wicket: R100,000

    Marvelous against the Tshwane Spartans and irritatingly overzealous in his celebrations, returned his seven-figure price tag with 10 six-figure wickets.

    • Aaron Phangiso
      Contract value: R550,000
      Rands per wicket: R183,000

    A Nelson Mandela Bay Giants outfit serviced by wrist spinner Imran Tahir and left-arm finger spinner Jon-Jon Smuts needed more than just three wickets from their other southpaw slow bowler.

    • Junior Dala
      Contract value: R750,000
      Rands per wicket: R150,000

    The jury is still out on whether the Giants were wrong-footed by the unorthodox fast bowler, who only managed five wickets in eight appearances.

    Photo: Gallo

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