Udit Raj, a BJP MP from Delhi, has suggested introducing a quota system for the Dalits in the Indian cricket team. Citing the example of South Africa cricket team, which recently announced a racial quota which allows a minimum average of six players of colour in the playing eleven, the MP said that the Indian cricket board should implement such rule too in the national team.
“Reservation should be extended to Dalits in each of the sports. In South Africa, the quota is offered in their cricket team. The US too pitches for blacks, who slog, work hard in athletics. There are not many whites in athletics.
“…if reservation is offered here in sports, we too will win gold medals,” Udit Raj had said a few days ago.
“You go to the US, there is a partnership with non-whites in each sector. In South Africa, reservation is given to Negroes even in a sport like cricket. There can’t be more than five whites in a cricket team,” he added.
And now, Hindi news outlet Aajtak has reported that the Parliamentarian is all set to write a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee for the introduction of Dalit quota in cricket as well as other national sports.