Concerns over cricket's new quota system

File: A T20 Proteas pose after a match against India at The Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on October 8, 2015. Critics say the quota system will affect the quality of competition in SA cricket. Photo: AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu Sarkar

DURBAN -- There are concerns in the cricket fraternity that Cricket South Africa's new quota system at franchise level, could affect the quality of competition.

The new rules which were implemented this season require that teams field six players of colour per game.

And according to the South African Cricketers Association, there are some who are unhappy with the new quota system.

Only seven black African players have represented the Proteas at test level since 1991.

There are widespread rumours that some players from the Titans, Lions and Knights are unhappy with the new quota system and have threatened to strike.

Lungani Zama, Independent Newspapers Cricket Writer told eNCA: “Some people will say you balancing the playing field and the argument that has been rather balance the playing field at a lower level before it becomes professional because essentially it almost becomes a restraint of trade for some players who have built a cv to become professional cricketers and when you are there, there are hurdles but on the other side the hurdles are there for other players so they never had the opportunity at all.”

Despite unhappiness with the selection criteria.

It has opened the door for Dolphins youngsters Sibonelo Makhanya, Ayavuya Myoli and Andile Phehlukwayo.

The trio have gained valuable game time during last season’s RAM SLAM T20 and are regular starters in the four day Sunfoil Series.

Dolphins CEO, Pete de Wet, says critics must accept the quota system as it is necessary.

“The reality is that the quota system is a part of our lives so the key message is that we need to embrace it. It is an important part in ensuring that we develop cricket and cricket is in the forefront of development and transformation so we take it wet seriously and I see it as a natural part of what we need to do I a day to day basis.”

Proteas coach Russell Domingo has been vocal about the gap between domestic and international competition.

Part of the concern is that some white players may opt to leave the country for greener pastures.

In the past South Africa have lost Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Strauss, Jonathan Trott and Matt Prior who have gone on to represent England.

Whichever side of the coin one looks at it, it remains a difficult juggling act for Cricket South Africa to perform.
 

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