The current Proteas Team stands as the most transformed national team in the history of South African cricket and have achieved what no other Proteas cricket team have ever done, in beating Australia at home in all the One Day Internationals in the series. Perhaps what is of concern is that the South African media have been complicit in perpetuating the discourse which asserts in Daryll Cullinans words that cricket is inherently not a black man’s game in South Africa.
Pat Symcox, Jacques Kallis and Darryl Cullinan must apologise
Former Protea, Pat Symcox has always been opposed to transformation and quotas and as far as he was concerned there was no use for them as when you have to find ways within a team to workout combination, it causes problems for the team.
Former Protea, Jacques Kallis had said that he was embarrassed to call himself South African following the ban on four of South Africa’s sports federations from hosting or bidding for major tournaments due to a lack of transformation in those sports which include cricket.
Former Protea, Darryl Cullinan, once said that that cricket is inherently not a black mans game in South Africa and that rather soccer is the black mans game and that amongst the South African youth cricket wasn’t a part of black people and thus black people didn’t have an understanding of the passion of the game.
All three former sport stars were wrong and perhaps owe South Africans across the board an apology. After all had there been no liberation in 1994 and the current government was not re-admitted back into world sports they simply would not be heroes they are today and we wouldn’t look up to them. Yet they blame the same government that opened doors for them and are opposed to transformation and quotas and by the looks of things have no foot to stand on.
Kagiso Rabada, Themba Bavuma and Andile Phehlukwayo
Kagiso Rabada achievements on and off the field speak for themselves, who could forget his clean sweep at the SA cricket awards. That feat alone from our cricketer of the year should have been enough to silence the nay sayers.
Themba Bavuma put an end to the notion that black people are not batsman getting tons in both formats of the game (Test & ODI) against both England and Ireland and helping South Africa get their first ever white wash over the Australians.
Andile Phehlukwayo at only 20 years of age came in as a genuine all round into the Proteas set up and held his own.
After the 5 – 0 WhiteWash Series Win over Australia, Proteas skipper (Faf Du Plessis) said, “I think, from the publics point of view people were expecting big changes and big series defeats. People can relax now and see that there’s enough take tin South Africa no matter what colour”
Many more black youngsters are lining up and all they asking for is equal opportunity as their white counter parts to prove themselves. Long may the success of the Proteas continue. Meanwhile we wait for the apology from all the nay sayers.
Grit Sports – Editor