Domestic teams in South Africa to field at least five players of colour from 2014-15 season

Lonwabo Tsotsobe is the only black African to regularly play for South Africa

Lonwabo Tsotsobe is the only black African to regularly play for South Africa

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Cricket South Africa have approved a new quota, which states that domestic teams in the country must field at least five players of colour, two of which have to be black Africans, from the 2014-15 season.

Provincial teams meanwhile will have to field six players of colour, including at least three black Africans.

The move comes after all teams only had to field two players of colour.

“It is a fact that we have still not succeeded in unlocking the vast cricket talent among black African people and next season we will expect the affiliate and franchise presidents, CEOs and their coaches to assume direct responsibility to do so,” Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat said.

Lorgat also revealed that domestic teams will be playing less first-class matches from next season.

“It is critical for us to re-engineer ourselves to ensure future sustainability and growth, and in this process we will search for a new sponsorship to launch this competition in the coming season,” Lorgat said.

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