South Africa team probably have been going through the most successful India tour since the first tour in 1991-92. The African nation visited India as BCCI invited them to play a three-match ODI series after the end the Apartheid era. South Africa lost the series 2-1. But, for the South African team it was their readmission in international cricket.
In 2015, South Africa have the bilateral ODI series and T20 series in India for the first time.
South Africa in their first world cup appearance reached the semifinal. But, it took two more years to return in the Test arena. In 1994 under the captaincy of Kepler Wessells the Proteas played their first Test at Lords.
Due to South Africa’s colonial government’s apartheid policy which was worldwide criticised as a result under pressure Internationa Cricket Council forced to stripped off Test status from South Africa in 1970 as South Africa’s team of England tour was filled with several white players.
The white government was not giving any rights to black African native. Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, who were an avid follower of rugby and cricket, fought for years to get the independence from colonial government ran by Britain.
Now, Multiracial South Africa is today revered as the one of the strongest teams in the world. They have an invincible series record on foreign soil since 2006. Though the country was not unified till the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The Springboks, South African rugby team filled with white people had earned the support of native Africans after initial boos. Mandela said it was the time to unified a divided nation.
South African team cricket team have been changed since then. Hansie Cronje, the former South African captain was long regarded as an icon of the “gentlemen’s game” was banned for life following an inquiry into match-fixing. Cronje lost his life in a plane crash.
During the International sanction over the country, many cricket captains led their team to South Africa for a “rebel” series.
The apartheid era started in 1952 under the regime of Daniel François Malan. South Africa were divided into four races- white, black native, coloured and Indians. The blacks were divided into 10 groups.
But, cricket teams were against the international isolation and apartheid era. While England captain, Graham Gooch led England side vistied South Africa to play a “rebel series” archbishop Desmond Tutu led the fight against the Apartheid regime in South Africa.
Beside England, West Indies, Australia and Sri Lanka visited South Africa to play “unofficial Test matches”. But, they were highly criticised and even banned by their respective governments. West Indies captain Frank Orwell even planned to keep talented African players in West Indies team in order to stage the protest against colonial British government which had also been tormenting Carribean islands for years.
However, with the collapse of the Apartheid regime, South Africa was readmitted to the international arena, with the birth of the new South Africa.
Due to South Africa’s apartheid policy black native were not let to participate in any governmental activities and even not in sports.
South Africa’s international isolation ended when ICC gave back them the full member status in 1991. Omar Henry was the first black South African to play for the country when they met Sri Lanka in the 1992 World Cup.
Highly talented cricketers like Graham Pollock, Clive Rice, the first ani apethied era South Africa captain and Barry Richards were made “redundant” as a result of the international ban due to Apartheid.
However, the politics regarding native South African did not stop yet. In the 2015 Down Under World Cup there was a allegation that South Africa sports minister forced captain AB de Villiers to pick Vernon Philander to fill the quota of black South African in the team in the semifinal match against New Zealand. Annoyed captain AB de Villiers even said he would drop himself to pick Vernon ahead of him.