Fans Criticize CSA for Only Naming One Black Player in South Africa's Squad for the 2024 T20 World Cup - Latest Global News

Fans Criticize CSA for Only Naming One Black Player in South Africa’s Squad for the 2024 T20 World Cup

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has come under fire for failing to achieve its “transformation goals” when selecting the South African T20 World Cup 2024 squadwith only one black African playerKagiso Rabadamake the cut in the Aiden Markramled team.

The upcoming T20 World Cup is scheduled to begin after the climax Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024is hosted in the West Indies and that United States of America (USA) in June. South Africa is also in Group D Sri Lanka, Netherlands, Bangladesh And Nepal.

South Africa’s T20 World Cup squad: A cause for concern

The provisional 15-man squad announced by SA consists of six players of color, including Rabada. However, CSA guidelines stipulate that the South African starting XI must consist of six players of color over the course of a season, with at least two from the black African community. With Rabada being the only black African in the T20 World Cup squad, the team is likely to miss this target.

Players of color in the squad include: Reeza Hendricks, Björn Fortuin, Keshav Maharaj, Tabraiz Shamsi And Ottniel Baartman. Good luckanother black African player, was only included as part of the traveling reserves.

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Concerns from former officials

Former South African Minister of Sports Mbalula has arrived expressed dismay at the composition of the squad, citing the lack of African representation. He took to social media to express his concerns and stressed the importance of fair representation in the national cricket team.

“Only 1 African player has been selected in the Proteas team for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2024 team. “Definitely a reservation about the achievements of change and does not reflect the fair representation of all South Africans in the national cricket team.” I have written.

Also former CSA and ICC president Ray Mali echoed these sentiments and expressed his disappointment at the regression of the game in South Africa. Mali stressed the need for greater inclusion of black players in the national cricket team, stressing that the current state of affairs is unacceptable.

Fan dissatisfaction and support for criticism

Criticism from fans was also directed against CSA’s decision. Many expressed their disappointment and supported former sports minister Mbalula’s tweet. The lack of representation has sparked debate about the progress of transformation in South African cricket and the need for greater inclusivity in team selection.

It is important to note that CSA currently operates without a selection committee and squad selection is made by the head coaches Shukri Conrad (tests) and Rob Walter (ODI and T20Is). While teams have until May 25 to make changes to their squads, any changes must be approved by the ICC technical committee.

This is how Twitter reacted:

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