SA cricket needs black heroes - Faul

Thami Tsolekile of the Highveld Lions. Picture: Luigi Bennett/Backpagepix
JOHANNESBURG - Acting Cricket South Africa (CSA) CEO Jacques Faul on Tuesday said the Thami Tsolekile issue could have been better handled.

The Highveld Lions wicketkeeper was awarded a national contract in 2012, with many expecting him to be called up to replace Mark Boucher, who retired from international cricket after sustaining a severe eye injury in July. 

Instead, Tsolekile received no game time in England or Australia and was later axed from the squad for the current series against New Zealand. 

Speaking to Eyewitness News, Faul admitted the situation was badly dealt with.

“Selection is a very emotional thing. In the case of Thami, we have to admit that we should have handled it better; otherwise it wouldn't have been reported in the media in such a negative way.”

Faul added that South African cricket needed more black heroes.

“We wish to go beyond this, where we at a Protea level don’t have to differentiate it.

“But it is a political issue, Africanisation is a challenge.

“We want to take cricket to the emerging market and for that to happen, we need black African heroes.

“And if we make mistakes, we must man up to it.”