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Where are the black cricketers?

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Irrespective of all the squabbles that have faced South African cricket, the Gerald Majola issue and all the others, the one issue that has always been a thorn is transformation.Since readmission to international cricket, the game has had only a handful of black African players representing it on international stage. The notable one being Makhaya Ntini. Ntini represented Mzansi in over a 100 tests.

Although Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been playing a lot of cricket, this does not take away the fact that the sport has been slow in transforming itself.

"I don't think people realise what a big gap Ntini left when he retired from international cricket. He was a great role model and obvious choice for the Test team," Jacques Faul said. Indeed, Makhaya for a long time was the only black African player in the team. A lot of ‘Black players’ (African, Coloured and Indian) have made the squad with the latter having more players than any group.

Comments made by those of former spinner, Thandi Tshabalala, that “there was no transformation in the national team” cannot be taken lightly. Thami made these claims on Morning Live.

The Minister of Sports, Fikile ‘Fiks’ Mbalula has his hands full regarding this matter. Unless something is done to change things, many young black aspiring cricketers will fall by the wayside. We hope sanity prevails.

 

By Siphiwo Nkonki

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