Dean Allen | Learn from history and bat away the racism

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Protea players Anrich Nortjé, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Temba Bavuma, Wiaan Mulder and Aiden Markram with their fists in the air against racism before a test match with Sri Lanka. Photo: Gallo Images
Protea players Anrich Nortjé, Lungi Ngidi, Lutho Sipamla, Temba Bavuma, Wiaan Mulder and Aiden Markram with their fists in the air against racism before a test match with Sri Lanka. Photo: Gallo Images

The issues of sport and racism we experience today stem from the early days of colonialism and the first cricket tours, writes Dean Allen and if the SJN hearings are to achieve anything at this juncture then learning the lessons from history is imperative. 

Despite it being in the news again recently, the issue of racism in cricket is nothing new.

Back in 1894 when South Africa was preparing to send its first overseas touring team to the UK, another player of colour from Cape Town was then making the headlines.

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