Transformation in SA sport
Now I get very frustrated with this topic. Surely the numbers speak for themselves. How many Whites in SA? Blacks? Of the age appropriate to play provincial/national/international sport? According to STATS SA there are 23 868 700 males in South Africa. For the sake of solving one argument I will concentrate on the MALE population.
- African 18 901 000 79.2%
- Coloured 2 137 300 9.0%
- Indian/Asian 635 700 2.6%
- White 2 194 700 9.2%
Now how the hell is it possible that only 9.2% of the population can produce the majority of the players? Surely there must be a massive percentage of Black, Coloured and Indian/Asians that do NOT wanna play cricket? Not every White kid wants to play cricket either.
No matter how little “development” is put into those “minority players” surely the fact that the pool of population is so large you must have some decent players to choose from.
I ask you, do you know of one non-White player that has not been selected for a provincial or national team when he was the best player in his position? How many “development” players have been chosen for positions they should not have? This development argument is weak. The people in charge of sport are looking for scapegoats and often use people like coaches/captains and selectors to carry the blame.