Fans slam cricket quotas

2013-10-03 12:02
Haroon Lorgat (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Sport24 readers have expressed outrage at a new quota system proposed by Cricket South Africa's for domestic franchise cricket.

The board is considering enforcing a new quota system in franchise cricket for the upcoming domestic season.

The new ruling would force franchise teams to field at least two black African players in their starting teams.

CSA CEO Haroon Lorgat confirmed that the proposal is one of a number that came out of the sport’s Transformation Indaba held in Johannesburg last month.

Lorgat said the proposal will be considered at the next CSA Board meeting on Friday, October 11.

He assured that the ruling - if enforced - would not extend to the national team.

Nearly 3 out of 4 Sport24 readers said they were opposed to any system that did not select players based on merit, while others felt the system was hypocritical and racist in that other previously disadvantaged groups such as asians and coloureds were excluded from the proposal.

Sport24 asked:

What do you think of the news that SA cricket franchises might have to field at least two black African players in their starting teams?

These were the results:

73% - Terrible! I am against any system that doesn't pick purely on merit.
20% - Racist! Aren't coloureds and asians also previously disadvantaged?
7% - Fantastic! It's high time cricket reflected the country's demographics.

This is what Sport24 readers had to say about the proposal:

"We are all SOUTH AFRICANS - The soccer team - BAFANA - is chosen on merit. Why cricket? The most TALENTED players should be chosen." - Koos van Zyl

"What sort of message do you send out? To put the quotas in place, are you telling black players that they'll be given a chance even if they cant make the team?" - Hendri van Wyk

"This is nonsense. 1994 is nearly 20 years past."
- Charles

"I would suggest that the policy makers concern themselves with the lack of spectators at games, regardless of their colour, policy makers put your inflated egos aside and put the interests of the game first, again regardless of colour." - Craig Pickering

"A player should play on merit. We are sick of quotas. I will definitely boycott the sport."
- Oliver Platelli

"I welcome this view, we love the Proteas team and the game of cricket however it is very dissapointing that at times even the australian team looks more diverse than ours. I played cricket all my school life and have been fan of our team from 1992, so i have followed Proteas for a long time and i think its necessary to assist them in order to be a true reflection of our national pride."
- Linda

"Hey, I am all for transformation and seriously would love to see more "players of color"... but please FFS and I say... please... let them EARN their place in the team."
- Marc Potgieter

"Someone explain to me how this is constitutional - it's downright illegal and racist. You cannot create a new injustice in the process of addressing an old one."
Omge Klits

"When you promote mediocrity, then mediocrity is all you will get! If you want to compete as a high jumper at the Olympics, then you must be able to clear 1.97m regularly. 1.8m and a sad story simply will not do the trick..."
- Patrick Buckley

"Always amazes me how people immediately think that formalising this will mean mediocrity. In most franchises there are already two black players on merit anyway. So just relax." - Jason Ian Janneker

"I think it is all well and good that you say at Provincial level you have to have players of colour but what is being done at primary school level and high school lever to develop future cricket stars. The black schools place all their focus on soccer and little is done to promote cricket."
- Gabrielle Brookstein

"Apart from 20/20, the domestic game is dying in this country, just look at the stadium turn outs and I doubt tv viewership is spectacular. They might as well put 2 more quota nails into the coffin." - Gary Doyle

"It just sends the wrong message, you don't have to be good enough just black enough. Never mind being into democracy for 20 years. I feel sorry for the white players missing out and just as sorry for all the black players." - Andre Van Rensburg

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