The Proteas will name their team according to transformation guidelines with immediate effect.
CSA’s decision, made on Friday, means selectors must pick an XI to feature an average minimum of 54 percent Black players and average minimum of 18 percent Black African players “over the season”.
That basically means six players of colour of which two must be Black African.
“Over the season” means that the targets will not be on a match-by-match basis.
CSA believes “this is a natural progression in the Board’s determination to drive transformation aggressively as part of CSA’s policy to make cricket a truly national sport accessible to all”.
CSA president Chris Nenzani says: “What is really encouraging is that the Proteas, who are our flag bearers, are already achieving these targets and in some cases exceeding the targets we have just set.
“The Test starting XI that played in the recent Sunfoil 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 (73 percent) in their most recent series against the West Indies and Australia.
“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.”