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CSA concerned over exodus of white players

As many as 20 players have left because of the lure of British pound and confusion over the country's transformation policy.

india Updated: Sep 26, 2006 10:34 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

South African cricket authorities have expressed concern at the number of promising white cricketers leaving the country for Britain because of the transformation policy which allows inclusion of players of colour in the national team on merit.

According to reports, as many as 20 players with potential to represent South Africa, have left the country because of the lure of the British pound and confusion over the country's transformation policy.

Cricket SA CEO, Gerald Majola has assured the players that anybody having the potential to play for the country would not be denied that opportunity.

"We have just been on a road show talking to our franchise cricketers and there were questions about transformation. We want our players to buy into it."

"It is being done responsibly and no player will be denied the opportunity to represent the country because of transformation. If a player is good enough he will make it to the top," Majola said.

Majola said the Kolpak ruling in Britain, which allowed South Africans without British passports to play for English counties, was of concern for administrators in both countries.

"We can't compete with the British pound," he said and added that as far as transformation was concerned, it was a necessity that cannot be wished away.

Most of the players who feel aggrieved by the transformation policy are young white South Africans, who for decades had dominated cricket in South Africa.

But over the past few years, Cricket SA, under the leadership of Majola, had put in place measures to ensure that players of colour are selected for the national team.

The pressure for the transformation of the demographics of South African cricket had come mainly from politicians who believe that transformation of sport is taking too long.

It's mainly because of this policy, that players of the calibre of Makhaya Ntini, Ashwell Prince, and Hashim Amla have come to the fore.

First Published: Sep 25, 2006 14:52 IST