Cape Town - South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy says that
while there is a lot of media coverage about quotas and transformation, the
players tend to ignore the politics and stick to playing cricket.
The issue was raised again late last month when South
Africa's sports minister, Fikile Mbalula, announced that cricket, as well as
three other major sporting codes, would be banned from hosting international
evens as they had not met transformation targets.
But Duminy, currently playing in the IPL, said on Cricket
Australia’s website when asked if the matter was distracting: "No, I don't
think it affects the players at all.
"From a managerial point of view, it can have an impact
and makes their job difficult. But from a dressing room point of view, the
colour of the skin doesn't matter.
"When it comes to playing for the national team, we
feel that you have been picked on merit for your abilities.
"There is always going to be politics around various
selection issues and it is not just with South Africa. For any team, there will
be selection politics.
"But for us, as players, we don't get involved with
that. Our sole job is to play out there on the field and we focus on
Another question Proteas players are often asked is why they
continue to fail at World Cups, considering they have some of the best players
in the world in their ranks. Duminy said it was a matter of timing.
He added: "I don't think anything is wrong to be
honest. We have got the players and the staff to go all the way, but
unfortunately it just hasn't happened for us.
"Coming into the World T20 I thought we had improved a
lot, especially considering (we made) the (50-over World Cup) semi-finals last
year. We were in the semi-finals in the 2014 World T20 as well, losing to
"We aren't making a lot of mistakes and it is just that
we are getting outplayed in those tournaments. This time around our batting and
bowling didn't click together in any one match.
"It was alternate; either we weren't doing well with
bat or ball. We scored 230 against England and still couldn't win the game. So
it is hard to answer that question because there are different opinions as to
why it is not happening.
"All I know is that we have given it our best shot and
we have ended up on the losing side most of the time, but I also think we are
very close to winning an ICC event."