CSA increase African player quotas

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Cricket South Africa have increased the number of black African players that much play in franchise sides by one, specifying that each franchise match must have at least two black players, and five players of colour.

Cricket South Africa have increased the number of black African players that much play in franchise sides by one, specifying that each franchise match must have at least two black players, and five players of colour.

This new 'quota' replaces the old rule, which for the past decade has required one black player to be in franchise sides. Provincial sides must now have three black players, and six players of colour.

The board felt that efforts by teams had not been sufficient in growing local African talent. While under 19 star Kagiso Rabada has graduated to the SA A team, there has only been one long-term black player in the Test side, namely Makhaya Ntini.

A statement from CSA read: "In the new season, franchises will be required to field at least five players of colour in all competitions, two of whom must be Black African.

"Teams playing in the semi-professional competitions will be required to field at least six players of colour, three of whom must be Black Africans. This means the target for players of colour that has been in place for the past 10 years will be increased by one in 2014/15."

CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat explained: "CSA is determined to grow the pool of Black African players by ensuring there is quality playing opportunities for such players in all forms of cricket.

"Having studied the results from last season's experience, we have decided to increase the minimum number of players of colour by one.

"It is a fact that we have still not succeeded in unlocking the vast cricket talent among Black African people and next season we will expect the Affiliate and Franchise Presidents, CEOs and their coaches to assume direct responsibility to do so."

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