CSA to appoint a black selector soon
Johannesburg: Cricket South Africa (CSA) plans to appoint a black selector soon as part of its efforts to transform the sport in the country.
Despite 80 per cent of the population being black, the Proteas have fielded only five black players in the 200 Test matches since South Africa made a comeback to international cricket after decades of isolation because of apartheid.
Under apartheid segregation laws, sport was divided racially, and all international players until then were white only.
Concern about the inclusion of black players has seen controversial quotas being introduced, which were abandoned after poor performances.
But with the government adamant about the transformation in cricket, CSA acting chief executive Jacques Faul is keen to implement the idea.
"We want to transform and reflect the demographics of our country as best as possible," Faul said.
A black African selector is needed to help address representation on all levels, which includes management," Faul added.
Speculation is strong that former South Africa pacer Makhaya Ntini is the frontrunner for the position, having been the longest-serving black cricketer.
The only other South African players who are indigenous African have been Mfuneko Ngam, Monde Zondeki, Thami Tsolekile and Lonwabo Tsotsobe.
Ntini has played in 101 Tests, while the other four have have only 20 between them.
"It is important for us to improve on this statistics. We hope that in the next 200 Tests we will be able to do that," Faul said, adding that Ntini was a role model and needed to be celebrated and acknowledged.
"I don`t think people realise what a big gap Ntini left when he retired from international cricket," Faul said.
The new Black appointee to the selection panel will join Andrew Hudson, Corrie van Zyl, Gary Kirsten, Vincent Barnes and Shafiek Abarahams.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- One year of Modi govt: PM promises to fulfil aspirations
- Watch: Mumbai cops find new secret agents in housewives!
- Hundreds die as heat wave continues in India
- 2G scam: Ex-TRAI chief alleges Manmohan Singh had warned him to cooperate
- Pranab Mukherjee defends Bofors scam, says it was just a media trial
- Salman Khan attends sister Arpita's wedding reception in Mandi
- Zee Media's mega survey on Modi govt
- Zee Media Exclusive: Vidya Balan chats about 'Hamari Adhuri Kahani'
- Para athlete Deepa Malik complains of callous service by Air India
- I eat beef, can somebody stop me?: Kiren Rijiju hits back at Naqvi
- Smriti Irani visits Amethi, promises to pay insurance money to 25,000 women
- Delhi: Visually impaired boy scores 91.4% in CBSE 12th Board exams
- One year of Modi govt: Amit Shah addresses media
- MP: 14-year-old boy works as bonded labour since 2009
- UP: Man chops off wife's nose, hair for dowry
- Arpita-Aayush wedding reception: Salman Khan spreads love in Mandi, says `hum aapke hain`
- One year of NDA govt: PM Modi writes open letter to nation, promises to transform India
- World optimistic about India: PM Narendra Modi on 1 year of NDA govt
- CBSE Class 10 Board Result 2015 (cbse.nic.in, cbseresults.nic.in) postponed?
- MSBSHSE Class 12th HSC results 2015 to be declared at 1pm tomorrow
- CBSE Class 10 Board Result 2015 to be announced today
- Check mahresult.nic.in for MSBSHSE Maharashtra Class 12 HSC Result 2015
- Rahul Gandhi takes a dig at one year of Modi govt, wishes 'happy birthday' to 'suit-boot ki sarkar'
- Bharatiya Janata Party lacks majority for Ram Temple, Article 370: Amit Shah
- Maharashtra MSBSHSE HSC Result 2015 on mahresult.nic.in
- AAP govt moves resolution against MHA notification: As it happened
- I was misquoted, says Kiren Rijiju on 'beef' remark
- Heatwave kills 90 more in Andhra, Telangana; toll crosses 800
- CBSE 10th result to be declared tomorrow
- Gujjars adamant on holding talks in Bayana; rail tracks remain blocked