- Dave Richardson, who headed Cricket South Africa's task team that looked into the domestic restructure, said Border needed a lot of administrative and governance work.
- Border, a black African cricket hotbed, were bowled out for 16 in the second innings of a recent first-class game, have been struggling on and off the field.
- Richardson said Border remain an important cog in South African cricket.
Former South African wicket-keeper and International Cricket Council chief executive officer Dave Richardson said Border’s governance and administrative issues played a big role in the resource region not getting into Cricket South Africa’s restructured domestic system’s top division.
Richardson, who headed CSA’s task team that looked into the reshaping of the first-class cricket landscape from the six franchises that have been in place from 2004 back to the unions that were in place before that, said Border hasn’t fully exploited its potential.
Border were beaten to the top division by Boland and North-West. Those unions were joined by the big six of Eastern Province, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal Coastal, Northerns and Western Province.
Border will be campaigning alongside South-Western Districts, Easterns, Northern Cape, Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal Inland.
Richardson’s words come at a time when Border were bowled out for 16 by KwaZulu-Natal Coast this past weekend, equaling their lowest ever first-class score.
“Over the last few years, they’ve had issues with their governance and administration. Their finances and their cricket performances are not strong. They are a talent hotbed, have development potential and have contributed players to the franchise system, but I don’t think they’ve fully exploited their potential,” Richardson said.
“Whether CSA will provide any targeted assistance to Border in the future, hopefully they may consider that. I also hope that Border will take the opportunity and realise their opportunity is in their hands. I also hope they realise the importance of how cricket is developed amongst black Africans and really get stuck in.”
As an Eastern Province stalwart, Richardson understands the importance of Border cricket to the South African transformation agenda.
Richardson said the union, which won the CSA One-Day Cup in the 2012/13 and 2014/15 seasons, remains significant for cricket in South Africa.
“The evaluation committee had no doubt with regards to the potential of the Border cricket region. It is important to the overall transformation imperative of South African cricket. The whole region is a hotbed of talent and having lived in that region, it is a cricket culture, the black Africans have played cricket for a long time and they know cricket,” Richardson said.
“A successful Border region is, in my view, imperative for South African cricket if it is going to be sustainable in the long run. The importance of Border to SA’s cricket structure is recognised.”
Without delving into the details of Border’s proposal, Richardson said Border’s proposal could have been better.
“If they were close to some of the other provinces from a strategic point of view, there could have been some consideration to giving Border some consideration in division one. They are a little bit off the pace in a number of areas, especially in the cricket and financial departments,” Richardson said.