South African rugby has suffered these last few years, what with every provincial and Super 15 team forced to have a certain number of non-White players. Yes, there are good non-White players and they would have made the sides regardless of their race. However, when you start dictating the number that has to included in the team, then that's when the sport goes down the drain - because for every undeserving player selected, a deserving player is turned away.
And so the Black race-baiters in South Africa have turned their laser vision on the SA cricket team. They hauled the convenor of selectors Andrew Hudson in front of them to explain why he hadn't played a specific BLACK player. Currently, each time the South African national team or a provincial team trots on the field you will have noticed that they always field at least 4 non-Whites in the team - come hell or high water. Even if they have to use the garden boy to make up the forth quota player, the team must have 4 non-Whites at a minimum! And now we hear that the South African cricket team's non-White players aren't Black enough, with most of them being Coloured (mixed race). South Africa also has a SA born Muslim player in the squad, Hashim Amla. But Amla is in the team on merit. South Africa has also fielded a Pakistani....but currently no blacker than black African Black player has made the squad.
So, Andrew Hudson has been rapped over the knuckles and "re-educated" to select a true Black African into the squad. A clue to this is in the article:
"After a long and intensive debate, he left more enlightened and informed about what is required from the selectors in terms of transformation. He has been sensitised to make sure the selectors deal with transformation in the most appropriate way in future."Who cares if a Black-Black player isn't good enough - the other players can carry him mos!
And just like rugby, cricket will feel the effects of all this political interfering a few years down the line.....No one dare ask these racist geniuses where all the predominantly Black international successful sport teams are in South Africa. Why? Because, just like unicorns, they don't exist.
Hat tip: Fred T
|Hey, you racist Whites, give me my place in the team now!|
Hudson and his fellow selectors had been criticised for their handling of wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile, who was given a national contract last year and was assured he would be given an opportunity in the Test side during the current series against New Zealand.
Instead, Tsolekile was dropped from the squad, having not been given an opportunity to play a single Test on tours of England and Australia, with key batsman AB de Villiers being entrusted with the gloves as the current successor to Mark Boucher.
"Andrew Hudson was invited to address us and he explained the selectors' thinking in detail," Basson said.
"After a long and intensive debate, he left more enlightened and informed about what is required from the selectors in terms of transformation. He has been sensitised to make sure the selectors deal with transformation in the most appropriate way in future."
Basson confirmed that a mandatory number of black African players was being considered by CSA for franchise and national teams.
"The target at the moment is four blacks for franchise and national teams, but a stipulation for black Africans will be coming as part of the strategy of the transformation committee," Basson said.
Basson acknowledged that more needed to be done at the higher levels of cricket in terms of transformation, but he said this had to be part of "a natural, bottom-upwards process".
"Transformation at school and club level is far advanced - more than 60 percent of players are black at those levels. Transformation is still in progress at national level, and our efforts have been recognised by the minister of sport.
"But we're now looking at three levels of transformation because they all have different requirements - national teams, franchises, and schools and clubs. The pipeline needs to flow in a natural, bottom-upwards process."
According to the acting president, Hudson defended the exclusion of Tsolekile because De Villiers was a much better batsman than the 32-year-old Highveld Lions wicketkeeper.
"Andrew explained to us the problems faced by the selectors in ensuring the team remains at the highest level and balancing that with the sensitivities of selection in ensuring there are necessary opportunities for everyone," Basson said.
"He said it had been a case of AB de Villiers's tremendous batting ability being more valuable than Tsolekile's outstanding wicketkeeping, and that, according to Andrew, Thami understands the position 100 percent.
"But the foundation has been laid for much better communication between the selectors, players and the board than in the past."
Basson also confirmed that the appointment of a black African national selector was "in the pipeline" and they were calling for nominations.
Former Proteas and Knight bowler Victor Mpitsang is reportedly the most favourable candidate.