CSA takes aggressive stance with transformation

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The Board of Directors of Cricket South Africa (CSA) has confirmed its aggressive approach to develop black African players, with domestic Franchise teams issued a directive to include more players of colour in the new season.

In the new season (2015-16), Franchises will be required to field at least six players of colour and at least three black African players in all competitions.

Teams playing in all semi-professional matches will be required to field at least six players of colour and a minimum of three black African players.  

This means the transformation targets for players of colour and black African players in franchise competitions will be increased by one when compared to the current season while the status quo is maintained for the semi-professional competitions.

The Board has also resolved to make available a one-off subsidy of R350 000 per franchise to set off the costs of contracting an additional Black African player in terms of the resolution.

This is designed to assist franchises who may have already completed the contracting of players for the 2015-16 season and will not be repeated in future seasons.

CSA chief executive, Haroon Lorgat said: "The recent CSA Board decision flows from our Transformation Indaba that was held in 2013. There remains a need to unlock the vast cricket talent among the majority of our people and this has been a desire of ours for a long time.

"We know what we must do and we fully recognize the need to transform so that we can maintain our competitive edge and be relevant to the society in which we live."

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