Myth that Black players are made in White schools flawed

2018-02-01 06:01

I wish to challenge the flawed myth that successful Black Cricketers are only products of the so-called White schools.

Because this myth is propagated time and again and in an a manner that fails to take note of other contributing factors to the cricketer’s success, it seems to have a ring of truth in it.

Support from home and community is crucial to one’s progress and should not be cast aside as irrelevant.

Without this support from home, none of these players could be successful today.

Also, a stable family environment is sacrosanct to their development and should not be ignored. So the common denominator here cannot be the school, but family.

We need to look at the homes of such players as Temba Bavuma, Malusi Ngidi and Thami Tsolekile.

They will attest to the fact that during their school days, there were other mates who played for the school teams and came from the same townships but never quite cracked it.

In fact, they will readily and honestly admit these guys were just as good, but fell off the wagon. Unfortunately, our story-tellers and schools won’t tell anything about these failed players who also had the potential to play at the highest level. Bavuma, Ngidi and Rabada came from stable families and the attendant support. My take is that we focus on the surface and fail to acknowledge the power of family support. These schools are not the ultimate creators of successful Black cricketers.

Lungile Tsolekile Langa

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