Proteas

CSA 'serious' about black players' concerns

2015-11-12 10:36
Haroon Lorgat (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Cricket South Africa (CSA) is treating the concerns raised by a group of black players this week as "serious". 

Reports surfaced this week of a letter, written by a group of black players, that had made its way to CSA and voiced concerns at how black players were being treated on Proteas tours. 

The letter is reported to have made particular reference to black players not being given game time despite being in Proteas squads. 

CSA responded to Sport24 on Thursday, and said that the issues raised in the letter would be dealt with once CSA President Chris Nenzani and CSA Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat had returned to South Africa from India. 

"CSA confirms having received a letter from a group of black African cricketers and regard the issues raised as serious and important to be dealt with urgently and in a thorough and professional manner," the response fro CSA read. 

"With the CSA President and Chief Executive currently on route to India, this matter will be deferred until their return to South Africa when it will be given their full attention."

Lorgat, while acknowledging the importance of the issue, said it was unfortunate that it had surfaced in the national media.

"It is disappointing when a letter of this nature finds its way into the media because we do not solve such issues in the media," he said.

"Matters of this nature need to be dealt with responsibly by all the affected parties before a full and accurate report can be presented to the public."

Lorgat also pointed to the strides that CSA had made on the transformation front. 

"It is heartening to note the transformation progress we have made over the past two years and we will not rest until we reach all our goals including our national teams representing all the people of our country," he said. 

Last month, Dolphins batsman Khaya Zondo spent a month in India without playing a match after watching two T20Is (the third was washed out) and five ODIs from the sidelines. 

Zondo told Sport24 this week that India had been a good experience for him, and that working hard to get back into the national mix was his main goal now. 

Read more on:    csa  |  chris nenzani  |  khaya zondo  |  haroon lorgat  |  cricket
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