SA cricket’s struggles to whitewash its reputation at 3TC Cup after racism fallout

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Springbok legend Francois Pienaar, Cricket SA acting director Graeme Smith and Proteas icon Makhaya Ntini taking the knee prior to the start of the inaugural 3TC Solidarity Cup match between Mr D Food Kites, OUTsurance Kingfishers and Takealot Eagles at SuperSport Park in Pretoria yesterday
Springbok legend Francois Pienaar, Cricket SA acting director Graeme Smith and Proteas icon Makhaya Ntini taking the knee prior to the start of the inaugural 3TC Solidarity Cup match between Mr D Food Kites, OUTsurance Kingfishers and Takealot Eagles at SuperSport Park in Pretoria yesterday
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It may have come from intentions which were as altruistic as they were innovative, but the 3TC Solidarity Cup game was always going to be overshadowed by events emanating from its inception and the build-up to the actual match.

The Solidarity Cup, the brainchild of World Cup-winning former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar, was supposed to be a vehicle of relief for those struck hard by the consequences of the Covid-19 coronavirus and a sporting public starved of content since the pandemic broke out by staging the first live game of any description in South Africa.

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