New quotas for SA youth cricket sides

2014-07-30 00:00

BLOEMFONTEIN — Provincial youth cricket tournaments being played under the banner of Cricket South Africa (CSA) have been given an adjusted transformation model.

A minimum of seven players out of a group of 13 must in future be people of colour, including a minimum of three ethnic black players.

Previously a minimum of six players had to be of colour.

The teams normally play six matches during CSA’s youth weeks, — two full cricket matches, two one-dayers and two T20 games.

It is also required that each player in a group has to play one match of each format and that he or she has to take part in four of the six matches.

Details about the future composition of national youth teams have not yet been revealed.

Niels Momberg, the CSA manager responsible for youth and tertiary cricket, who is currently with the South African U19 team on their tour of England, yesterday said the details will be announced at a later stage.

Cricket unions and their school bodies across the country have been informed this week about the adjustments regarding youth cricket, which arose out of a recent council meeting.

A number of provincial school teams have already arrived with the newly adjusted teams at tournaments and the new targets would probably not present problems in some areas.

However, according to those involved, it is expected that teams from the Western Province, Boland and South Western Districts will initially struggle to find ethnic black players who could compete successfully against their counterparts from other provinces.

CSA earlier also increased the quotas for senior provincial and franchise teams.

The six local franchises have to include five players of colour for matches during the coming season, two of whom will have to be ethnic black players.

For provincial competitions six of the 11 players on the field have to be players of colour, with three of them ethnic blacks.

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