Fund cricket development programmes

2013-10-22 10:00

I am for transformation and quotas in cricket, but I am also of the opinion that the potential outcome of incentivising affiliates for African cricket players may have unintended circumstances.

The scarcity of African players may create an artificial shortage, thus increasing the market price with no bearing on performance.

Many affiliates will chase after four or six of the best African players and thus a player will go to the highest bidder.

Loyalty? Is it important in this case?

Chasing the money may not be a sin, but then again, won’t that raise the question of white young cricketers earning lots of money, not necessarily on merit?

Rich affiliates will not bother about developing their own African players.

An example to look at is that Border may never reach the same status as the Cape Cobras, the Highveld Lions (Gauteng) and the Knights (Free State), which will leave them with no option but to continue poaching players.

Cricket SA (CSA) should ratherfund the townships’ cricket-development programmes, as they do in KwaZulu-Natal.

This funding has steadily shown that only through grass-roots development, with no short-cuts, can sustainable and sensible cricket development be built over the medium and longer term.

The sad story is that there is no visible rural and township cricket development in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West.

CSA is missing the point.

Do we really need to research the root cause, at the High Performance Centre in Pretoria, of African boys reaching the glass ceiling at Under-17 and Under-19 levels?

Here is another point: Are the staff in CSA’s management representative?

Africans need to speak with one voice, as the Black Business Council and many others do.

Unfortunately, the African cricket family has shown weakness at provincial ially and national level, which has seen us fail to use our majority – in numbers – to our advantage.

If I look at this “gesture”, it gives those affiliates who pay lip service to transformation satisfaction to continue with their current policies.

» Molotsi is a former CSA board member

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