Crick­eters’ only op­tion is Kol­pak

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Les Cru­soe

THERE has been much dis­cus­sion and crit­i­cism in the me­dia about the crick­eters who have signed Kol­pak agree­ments (a player be­comes el­i­gi­ble to sign for a county un­der the Kol­pak deal only af­ter he gives up his right to play for his coun­try), but there has been lit­tle men­tion of an is­sue I con­sider to be a ma­jor fac­tor be­hind the ex­o­dus. Trans­for­ma­tion.

Per­haps jour­nal­ists avoid this sub­ject for fear of be­ing branded racist, but I be­lieve this can­not be raised when the is­sue is be­cause of po­lit­i­cal op­por­tunism from the sports min­is­ter when he stated there may not be more than five “whites” in the na­tional team.

In our cur­rent set-up we have: Du Plessis, the cap­tain: El­gar, the es­tab­lished opener: Steyn, the high­est-ranked bowler: De Vil­liers, the high­est-ranked bats­man; De Kok, the most exciting wick­et­keeper / bats­man in the world. That is al­ready our five, who are “must-haves”. So what hope can there be for “fringe” play­ers when there is Morkel, Cook and sev­eral other whites who can fill in. Crick­eters are pro­fes­sional ath­letes who must earn a liv­ing, so ob­vi­ously they opt for the “sure thing” rather than try­ing for the “long shot” (which po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency has made vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble), re­gard­less of pa­tri­o­tism, as­pi­ra­tions and am­bi­tions.

My de­fence for claim­ing that crit­i­cism of putting “quo­tas” on the na­tional team is not racist but po­lit­i­cal. For ex­am­ple, a child build­ing a sand­cas­tle starts with the vi­sion of what he is try­ing to com­plete, and then builds the base ac­cord­ingly or else the struc­ture will col­lapse. Why has the min­is­ter not taken steps to build up­wards by pro­vid­ing fa­cil­i­ties and coach­ing at base level (schools)?

In­stead of do­ing a proper job to build up sports, he has hid­den be­hind his fail­ure by opt­ing for the pop­ulist op­tion of in­ter­fer­ing with the na­tional teams.

By the way, the same ap­plies to rugby and most other sports. When we won the Rugby World Cup in 1995, Nel­son Man­dela stated that the best way to unite a na­tion is through sport, but this would only ap­ply if the team is not con­stantly los­ing be­cause very few en­joy or sup­port de­feat. Los­ing is bound to hap­pen to teams that are not se­lected on merit but for po­lit­i­cal ex­pe­di­ency. Dou­glas­dale

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