Cape Town - The Board of Directors set official transformation targets for the national men’s team based on the deliberations of the Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Cricket and Cricket Pipeline sub-committees at its meeting on Friday.
The targets require the national team to play an average minimum of 54% black players and average minimum of 18% black african players over the season.
This is a natural progression in the Board’s determination to drive transformation aggressively as part of CSA’s policy to make cricket a truly national sport accessible to all.
The targets will be an average of the cumulative representation across all three formats in a season.
“What is really encouraging,” commented CSA president, Chris Nenzani, “is that the Proteas, who are our flag bearers, are already achieving these targets and in some cases exceeding the targets we have just set.
“The Test starting XI that played in the recent Test series against New Zealand contained six players of colour and two Black Africans and the ODI starting XI had as many as eight players of colour (73%) in their most recent series against the West Indies and Australia, while the South Africa 'A' side had six players of colour and three Black Africans in the starting XI that beat the Australia National Performance Squad by nine wickets in the final match of their quadrangular series in Australia on Saturday.
“With the targets being measured over the full season and being cumulative across all three formats, our selectors and team management will have the flexibility to deal with varying circumstances.
“This shows very clearly that the targets are very attainable and sustainable and we will maintain the world-class standards that our players regularly produce,” concluded Nenzani.
The targets come into play with immediate effect.