Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, has questioned Cricket South Africa’s commitment to transformation.
Although Cricket South Africa has reached its transformation targets for the 2018/19 season on the playing field, Mthethwa believes there are not enough black people in management positions.
The former chief executive of the national cricket governing body, Thabang Moroe, is still suspended. Dr. Jacques Faul has been appointed to this position since December 2019. Graeme Smith (director of cricket), head coach Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis (batting specialist) have since been appointed.
Enoch Nkwe, who was at the helm of the Proteas on their disastrous tour of India, was appointed Boucher’s aide, while Charl Langeveldt and Justin Ontong were named bowling and fielding coaches respectively.
Although the Boucher era initially started shaky against England, they featured strongly in the one-day series against Australia, with players such as Kyle Verreynne and Janneman Malan stamping their mark on international cricket.
According to Cricinfo, a combative Mthethwa blamed Chris Nenzani, Cricket South Africa president, on Friday (June 19) during a parliamentary session.
Nenzani was asked, among other things, whether the appointments of Faul, Smith and Boucher are not a step in the wrong direction regarding the transformation of the sport, especially since Faul and Boucher have taken over the roles of Moroe and Nkwe respectively.
Nenzani replied that the appointments were made on merit, to which Mthethwa replied that this statement was an insult.
“When you look at the top structure, you look at key positions such as the CEO, the director of cricket and the coach. Currently, only the assistant coach is black. ”
In addition, Cricket South Africa 3TeamCricket initiative was also temporarily canceled.
Stars such as AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock and Kagiso Rabada would have dragged their cricket equipment back to their brand new format on June 27 behind closed doors at SuperSport Park in Centurion.