CSA board sets targets for national men’s team

The targets require the National Team to play an average minimum of 54 percent black players.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Board of Directors set official Transformation targets for the national men's team based on the deliberations of the Cricket South Africa's (CSA) Cricket and Cricket Pipeline sub-committees at its meeting on Friday.

The targets require the National Team to play an average minimum of 54 percent black players and average minimum of 18 percent Black African players over the season.

This is according to a media release by the cricket body.

The targets will be an average of the cumulative representation across all three formats in a season.

CSA President Chris Nenzani says, "What is really encouraging is that the Standard Bank Proteas, who are our flag bearers, are already achieving these targets and in some cases exceeding the targets we have just set."

CSA has states that the Test starting XI that played in the recent Sunfoil Series against New Zealand contained six players of colour and two Black Africans and the ODI starting XI had as many as eight players of colour (73 percent) in their most recent series against the West Indies and Australia, while the South Africa A side had six players of colour and three Black Africans in the starting XI that beat the Australia National Performance Squad by 9 wickets in the final match of their quadrangular series in Australia today.

"With the targets being measured over the full season and being cumulative across all three formats, our selectors and team management will have the flexibility to deal with varying circumstances. This shows very clearly that the targets are very attainable and sustainable and we will maintain the world-class standards that our players regularly produce," concluded Nenzani.

The targets come into play with immediate effect.