S. Africa announces racial quotas

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has put in place racial quotas for the national team across all three formats of the game in an effort to increase the number of black players in a sport still dominated by whites.

CSA has sought an average minimum of six black players, of which two must be black African, in matches over the season, the organisation announced on Saturday.

The move will have little immediate impact on the team as those targets were reached in the recent Test series win over New Zealand when the side was at full-strength bar the absence of injured captain A.B. de Villiers.

“The Test starting XI that played in the recent 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 in their most recent series against the West Indies and Australia,” CSA president Chris Nenzani said in a statement.

“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.”

South Africa is next in action in a One-Day International against Ireland on September 25, before meeting Australia in the first of five 50-over matches at home on September 30.