Kass Naidoo

Over and Out!

2007-05-02 09:28

Kass Naidoo

Okay, so I am crazy. To think we could beat Australia in the semifinals last week, was bordering on delirium (as suggested by Craig). But you've got to admit that it was worth entertaining the possibility for a while.

Hopes, dreams and aspirations aside, Australia outclassed the Proteas. In fact, their performances were so clinical at this World Cup, nobody got close to them.

If some South Africans are to be believed, we will never truly compete because of imposed transformation policies.

Nearly three months ago, my first column for News24 ended with this sentence: We can rail against inequities, and we can moan about how the game is changed. But if we truly love cricket, it's up to us to change with it, and make a difference.

It's easy to blame quotas for failing to make it past the semifinal stage, but as a friend pointed out, "You don't see us lauding black players when South Africa win, so why do we blame them when we don't?"

How do you really feel about transformation in cricket?

Transformation a stone's throw away

Do you see it as black people denying white players a fair chance of selection or do you believe there are talented black players out there who, given the necessary support, will excel on the big stage?

Transformation and merit don't have to be opposites; they can work hand in hand, if people sincerely want change. It's easy to demand teams be chosen on merit but why not help find solutions to transform cricket.

We have the opportunity to stand on the outside and throw stones, or we can join existing structures and support them, or even create new initiatives aimed at building the game for all.

I'm not planning to stand for office (thanks for asking), I just think its time South African cricket really got its groove on. To really get our groove on, we've got to stop comparing ourselves to Australia and the rest.

As for the Proteas, I'd love to know how they are feeling about the backlash from the defeat to Australia, with some people accusing them of not giving their all.

The cricket family gets together for the final time this season, on May 9, for the Mutual & Federal SA Cricket Awards and I look forward to hearing what the team has to say.

PS: It's my last column before I head off on a much needed winter break. Thank you for your readership, and thanks to those who took the time to comment (yes, you too, anonymous). It's been an enlightening experience, and I have learnt so much from you!

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