South Africa to have atleast four black players in team: CSA

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Cricket South Africa has re-iterated that there should be a minimum of four black players in the national team and a minimum of seven in a squad of 15.

Updated: December 08, 2008 16:35 IST
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Cricket South Africa has re-iterated that there should be a minimum of four black players in the national team and a minimum of seven in a squad of 15.

CEO Gerald Majola issued a statement to this effect following reports in Australia that Cricket SA had done away with its affirmative action policy in redressing the imbalances in cricket representation.

The reports in the Australia media surfaced on the eve of South Africa's tour to that country in a few days time.

"The targets set by CSA for this coming season for the Proteas are a minimum of four Black players on the field and a minimum of seven Black players in a squad of 15," said Majola.

"It must be stressed that these are targets, and if they are not met then CSA attempts to rectify the capacity building programmes to ensure that the process is making progress.

"Once the imbalances have been satisfactorily rectified, then CSA would consider whether or not to withdraw targeted transformation.

"Nobody at this stage can forecast when this will take place, as the massive disparities in facilities alone still remain a legacy of the past," said Majola.

The South African cricket chief said the country's Constitution and CSA's own Transformation Policy (based on the Preamble of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights) had embraced affirmative action as a measure to advance persons, or categories of persons, disadvantaged by historical discrimination in South Africa.

"It is also acknowledged by the SA Constitution and CSA's Transformation Policy that although apartheid laws are off the legislative books, South African society remains committed to redress the imbalances which still exist", he said.

"In CSA's case, these are mainly in the areas of capacity building and the provision of sports facilities in the townships as both affect giving equal opportunity to all who wish to play the game. We are also committed to creating opportunities for those from previously disadvantaged communities to play at the highest levels.

"The setting of affirmative action targets is one of the measures used by CSA to create this advancement. The targets, as well as the capacity building programmes around them, are reviewed constantly to see whether the imbalances are being addressed properly.

"CSA has a Transformation Review Committee which undertakes in-depth interrogations of the transformation system and makes recommendations to CSA on the success or otherwise of the implementation of this policy.

"This committee has recently submitted review recommendations to CSA and is due to do the same within the next three years."

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