CSA ‘turning cricket into a farce’

Pat Symcox (Supplied)
Pat Symcox (Supplied)

Cape Town - Former Proteas spinner Pat Symcox has again hit out at Cricket South Africa (CSA) for the current state of the game in the country.

READ: Quota system creates dilemma for Highveld Lions

Symcox was responding to an article posted by Sport24 on Thursday which highlighted how CSA’s quota system got the Highveld Lions in somewhat of a pickle before their One-Day Cup clash against the Titans on Wednesday.

According to CSA’s regulations for the 2015/16 season, all franchise teams must field a minimum of six players of colour in their starting teams, with three of those required to be black African players.

When Lions off-spinner Eddie Leie injured himself in the warm-up prior to the match, the men from Johannesburg were unable to field the required amount of black African players in their starting XI.

It led to some hasty calls to CSA for permission to field only two black Africans in the Lions starting team.

Things got even more bizarre when the Lions lost opening bowler Carmi le Roux to injury early in their bowling innings, with coach Geoffrey Toyana and even a young fan from the stands forced to do fielding for the Lions.

Symcox, who played 20 Tests and 80 ODIs for South Africa, was not impressed by the whole situation and responded to the matter via his official Facebook page:

It is the second time this month that Symcox has expressed concern about the state of the game in South Africa, after he also responded when the SA Under-19s lost several games at the ICC Under-19 World Cup.

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