One of the many hopes for the recently launched T20 Global League was that it would unify SA’s cricketers and provide an opportunity for the dozen or so who signed Kolpak agreements to return and play at home.
Colin Ingram, David Wiese, Colin Ackermann, Dane Vilas and Ryan McLaren were all signed by one of the eight franchises but eyebrows were raised by the apparent disinterest in former Proteas fast bowlers Marchant de Lange and Hardus Viljoen as well as batsmen Stiaan van Zyl and T20 specialist Richard Levy.
It was not widely known at the time but they were not, in fact, unwanted — they were simply too expensive, having overestimated their own value by placing a "reserve price" on their selection.
"As the players’ association we wanted to make sure that all of our players were in the running to be picked in every round of the draft, so we worked hard to encourage players and their agents not to set reserve prices," said South African Cricketers’ Association CE Tony Irish.
"Some listened and some didn’t," he said. "It’s a pity that some guys have missed out for that reason."