CSA criticized for having only one black African player in T20 World Cup squad

Johannesburg. Cricket South Africa (CSA) is being criticized for including only one black African player in the T20 World Cup squad in the form of Kagiso Rabada. South Africa's 15-member team includes six black players including Rabada. But Rabada is the only black African. Other black players include Reeza Hendricks, Bjorn Fortuyn, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi and Otiniel Bartman. As part of CSA's aim to bring about change, South Africa are required to have six black players in their playing XI during a season, two of which must be African. But there is only one African black player in the form of Rabada in the team selected for the T20 World Cup. CSA is being criticized for not meeting its target.

Former South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula raised questions on the team's selection and wrote on 'X', “Only one black African player has been selected in the South African team for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024.” This certainly flies in the face of the goal of bringing about change and is not a fair representation of South Africans. Speaking on SABC Sport, CSA and former International Cricket Council (ICC) president Ray Malley said the country was lagging behind in the game. “I believe a lot has been achieved,” he said. But I believe that we are lagging behind in terms of cricket. Instead of moving forward, we have taken a step back. ''He said, ''I am unable to understand why we cannot have more black players in the South African cricket team. This is not acceptable. ,

CSA currently does not have a selection committee and the team is selected by head coaches Shukri Conrad (Test) and Rob Walter (white-ball cricket). Walter defended the selection of the team selected for the ICC tournaments to be held in America and West Indies, saying that there is not enough depth to select in the domestic circuit. Lungi Ngidi is also a black African who will go with the team as a reserve but he is not part of the main team.

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