SA cricketers’ association distance themselves from Dippennaar remarks

2008-05-05 00:00

The South African Cricketers’ Association (Saca) have responded to the recent comments of their newly-elected president, Boeta Dippenaar, and distanced themselves from some of his remarks.

“Boeta was recently interviewed in England in his personal capacity as a player who has just been signed by Leicestershire and some of the comments attributed to him could easily be interpreted as being critical in a general sense of transformation in South African cricket,” said Saca’s chief executive officer, Tony Irish.

“The players’ association is, however, fully supportive of transformation in particular where it promotes opportunities for players of colour to compete for selection.

“Saca is therefore fully supportive of policies such as the one which provides that 40% of all professional cricket contracts should be reserved for players of colour.

“Last year the top 25 players in the country mandated Saca to take up the issue of quotas/targets in national team selection and of the involvement of non-selectors in the selection process.

“Since then we have taken a consistent position on these two issues and have dealt with them under the appropriate process before Cricket South Africa’s transformation review committee.

“It is important to understand that these two issues relate specifically to national team selection and that we are otherwise fully behind the other aspects of the existing transformation policy.”

“I was being interviewed on my personal views relating to a wide range of cricket issues,” said Dippenaar.

“It was certainly not my intention to generally criticise transformation, but I wanted to emphasise that all of us as players at the top level want to be selected on cricketing merit and not for any political reason.”

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