EVER since the International Cricket Council welcomed South Africa back to international cricket in 1991, after 20 years’ exclusion for its racist selection policy, debates have raged about whether the team is representative enough of the country.
South African players who are classed as black (a term which includes those of mixed race and Asian background) have excelled at cricket. On occasion they have made up over half of the national side. But black Africans, by far the biggest racial group in the county, remain thinly represented. In 2014/15 they accounted for only 10% of international appearances. Indeed, only seven of the 90 Test players selected since readmission have come from this group. Haroon Lorgat, the chief executive of Cricket South Africa (CSA), which administers the sport, admits that the organisation has been “complacent” in developing black African talent since the emergence of Makhaya Ntini (pictured), a black African fast bowler who played 100 Test matches from 1998 to 2009.
CSA has a radical remedy. It says the national team must now field a mimunum of six players who are classed as black, of which at least two must be black African….Continue reading