Cricket South Africa implement quota for black African players

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Ntini is the only black African to have represented South Africa in more than 100 Test matches

Cricket South Africa have implemented a quota for black African players, whereby all major franchises must now have at least one black player on the field at all times.

Meanwhile, all amateur teams must have at least two black players representing them at all times.

If a team were to have more than one black player on the field for 70 per cent of their matches, they will be reimbursed by the board.

This new policy will come into effect from tomorrow onwards.

“These new requirements are incentive based, not quota based,” Haroon Lorgat, the Cricket South Africa chief executive, said. “We have a very talented population. We have all embraced the need to accelerate transformation.

“The CSA Board has also supported a recommendation from the Cricket committee to implement a more flexible player loan agreement to facilitate the development of black African players. This is currently being drafted in consultation with the South African cricketers Association (SACA).”

Since South Africa’s readmission to international cricket in 1991, only five black players have represented the country at the Test level, despite the fact that 80 per cent of the people in South Africa are black.

Pace bowler Makhaya Ntini is the only black player to have played more than 100 Test matches, while Mfuneko Ngam, Thami Tsolekile, Monde Zondeki and Lonwabo Tsotsobe have appeared in 17 Test matches altogether.

In addition to black players, only 11 mix-raced players, which include Hashim Amla and Imran Tahir, have represented South Africa.

South Africa first introduced a quota system in 1988 in order to stop the racial discrimination caused by the Apartheid regime.

During that time, every team had to have four coloured players, which included black Africans and people of mixed-race and Asian descent.

This system was officially abandoned in 2007.

In a recent report that was presented to Cricket South Africa, it was revealed that many black Africans stopped playing cricket between the under-19 and provincial level since they needed to find jobs in order to support themselves.

It was also found that many black players are sidelined for the majority of a season.

Just last year, it was revealed that only two black players had represented their franchises in more than 80 per cent of their matches.

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