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Cricket South Africa made the Sports Ministry’s rule to bring six players in the current team mandatory. The controversial declaration by Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Cricket Pipeline subcommittee was made at its meeting on Friday.
The targets require the National Team to play an average minimum of 54 % Black players and average 18 percent inhabitants Black players over the seasons.
CSA also said, “The targets come into play with immediate effect,”
The CSA wants to make the sport a national sport so they reserve six slots for coloured and black people in the South African team.
“This is a natural progression in the Board’s determination to drive transformation aggressively as part of CSA’s policy to make cricket a truly national sport accessible to all,” CSA said in their press release.
The rule will be implemented in the all three formats of the game.
Cricket South Africa President Chris Nenzani said, “What is really encouraging.” He further said, “is that the Standard Bank Proteas, who are our flag bearers, are already achieving these targets and in some cases exceeding the targets we have just set.
“The Test starting XI that played in the recent Sunfoil Series against New Zealand contained six players of colour and two Black Africans and the ODI starting XI had as many as eight players of colour (73 percent) in their most recent series against the West Indies and Australia, while the South Africa A side had six players of colour and three Black Africans in the starting XI that beat the Australia National Performance Squad by 9 wickets in the final match of their quadrangular series in Australia today.
“With the targets being measured over the full season and being cumulative across all three formats, our selectors and team management will have the flexibility to deal with varying circumstances.
“This shows very clearly that the targets are very attainable and sustainable and we will maintain the world-class standards that our players regularly produce,” concluded Mr Nenzani.
But, this rules may affect South Africa’s reputation as a cricket team as it is highly unlikely that the second generations coloured players will be as talented as the current ODI side.
As the ODI team as 8 coloured players, their ODI performance may not be affected , but as they only two black players in their Test team, so bringing six black players probably affect their Test record.