14 October 2013

South Africa: The Good, the Quotas and the Rooney Rule


Cricket South Africa have introduced an "incentive-based transformation policy" at base level for most of its teams. As with all things concerning race in South Africa, the decision has caused much heated debate, but one cannot discount its value in the broader scheme.

On Saturday, Cricket South Africa announced the introduction of an incentive-driven transformation policy. In short, if the domestic franchises opt to play a black African player over the course of the season, in all formats, they will be reimbursed a percentage of the cost of the contract.

That will also filter down to semi-professional and to affiliate teams, below franchise level, semi-professionals and youth cricket. Teams are expected to "work towards" selecting at least three black players for four of their six games in any tournament.

Franchises who have a black African player featuring in over 70% of the matches across all three formats will be reimbursed the average contract cost of the qualified Black African players, and it is expected that franchises should have at least one black African player in their line-ups. Semi-professional teams that play more than two black African players for more than 70% of the matches across all three...

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