Proteas convenor of selectors Linda Zondi says Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) decision to introduce race targets for national teams will not affect his ability to pick the best team for SA.
On Wednesday CSA’s Board of Directors confirmed that they will “move with the times” following the Sports Ministry’s crackdown on sports federations that fail to transform.
There can really be no argument against transforming now after 21-year-old Kagiso Rabada was named SA Cricketer of the Year, ODI and Test, Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Year and Temba Bavuma became the first Black African to score a Test century the last year.
CSA President and Chairman of the Board Chris Nenzani said in a statement yesterday: “The precise targets will depend on work to be undertaken by relevant committees to determine what is realistic and sustainable.
“We will aim to achieve our targets over the course of the year and not on a match by match basis.”
For Zondi and his panel consisting of Hussein Manack, Errol Stewart and Ashwell Prince along with Proteas head coach Russell Domingo, it’s no problem.
The Proteas have routinely played with a minimum of at least four black players for the past couple of years, while they recently beat ODI World Champions Australia with a record number of eight black players in their line-up.
Zondi says: “If you look at the CSA statement there are no specific numbers at this stage, but I think we’ve done enough from our side and looking at the players that we have brought through over the last year, I am not worried at all.
“I don’t think the results have anything to do with the colour of the players’ skin.
“It has more to do with players taking responsibility and putting in the performances that we know they are capable of.
“If you look at the players we have, we should not be in third, fourth, fifth positions.
“There are players [that] have done well for a long period of time and done great things for the Proteas in the past and the time is now to step up...”