R200?mln a year to transform cricket

2014-06-21 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Cricket South Africa (CSA) is to invest R200 million per year in transformation and pipeline strategies to ­develop domestic players, of which a large part is focused on nurturing talent from previously disadvantaged areas, said Haroon Lorgat, chief ­executive officer of CSA, in an exclusive interview with supersport.com

Transformation and quotas were put firmly in the spotlight in April when Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula said he wanted to see 60% black representation in national teams.

After the meeting of Mbalula and the sports MECs in April 2014, it was reported that new regulations would come into practice where sports teams, including the South African cricket team, who do not field 60% black players will be barred from representing South Africa.

Lorgat said CSA understands the link between sustainability, growth and transformation and the necessity for these strategic imperatives to be an integral part of everything that is done at CSA.

“We do not view transformation in a narrow sense and hence, on the cricket development front, it would be incorrect to try to separate transformation goals from our broader CSA pipeline strategies or development.

“In this area we invest around R200 million per annum in developing cricketers and naturally a large part of this spend is focused on nurturing talent from previously disadvantaged areas,” he said.

“In addition to the pipeline programme, CSA recognises the need for particular initiatives to assist transformation specific goals. We therefore set aside additional funds and programmes to help us to access talent in previously disadvantaged areas.

“An example of such spend will be the R17 million per annum on the centres of excellence [COE] and the strategic transformation fund of R10 million per annum,” said Lorgat.

Lorgat hinted that it was almost more important for CSA to grow the game and to ensure a greater pool of SA players than merely redress the moral wrongs of the past.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.