Mohammed Moosajee criticises Proteas for not having a united BLM stance

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Former Proteas team doctor and manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee
Former Proteas team doctor and manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee
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  • Former Proteas team manager and doctor Mohammed Moosajee said the Proteas have missed a beat by not showing a unified Black Lives Matter stance.
  • Moosajee said players need to have more understanding of taking the knee and what it exactly means from a discrimination fighting perspective.
  • Moosajee also said he spoke to Aaron Phangiso with regards to the fairer distribution of match fees for reserve players.

Former Proteas team manager and doctor Mohammed Moosajee criticised the current Proteas for not showing a united Black Lives Matter stand.

Testifying at the Cricket South Africa Cricket for Social Justice and Nation-building hearings on Wednesday, Moosajee said the Proteas team should have done better in commemorating the BLM movement, especially with the past South Africa comes from.

Moosajee, who is a board member of Central Gauteng Lions, was the Proteas team manager from 2008 until 2019, while also doubling up as the team doctor, a role he took up in 2003.

The Proteas, who are coached by Mark Boucher, have had mixed messages with regards to the BLM movement until the tour to the West Indies earlier this year. 

Moosajee applauded seamer Lungi Ngidi for making his stance clear despite the stinging criticism that came in his direction.

"It is a pity that the Proteas team has not adopted a unified approach to the issue and highlights that even though we have been having discussions for a number of years already, these discussions need to continue," Moosajee said.

"We still have some way to go to get all our people to fully appreciate the injustices of the past. Unfortunately, some current players appear to be misinformed and believe taking the knee is supporting the notion that Black lives matter more.

"They need to be educated so that they appreciate that taking the knee is all about a stand against racism and discrimination and supporting the notion that Black lives matter as much."

Moosajee also confirmed that former Proteas spinner Aaron Phangiso had approached him to address the match fee issue for substitute players when they were on tour in India in 2015.

Moosajee felt that if the senior players had his buy-in, it would have been easier to convince the South African Cricketer's Association (SACA) and CSA to agree to the fairer splitting of match fees proposal.

"I did this, because even though I was going to raise it with the then CEO of CSA and with SACA, I knew that if Mr Phangiso could get buy-in from the senior players, it would be a lot easier to convince SACA to agree to a change in the distribution of match fees," Moosajee said.

"This issue was not a big issue from the outset because the squad initially consisted of only 13 or 14 players and the non-playing members, therefore, shared the match fee two or three ways.

"I am also made to understand that most of the international cricket teams use a similar approach to the payment of match fees for the 'reserve' members of the squad, so that there is an incentive for players to work harder to try to get into the playing 11."

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