Originally Posted by Goughy
The strength of the Cronje era was the lack of quotas in the sport. Sure there were guys like Omar Henry and a very young Ntini but during Cronjes reign SA Cricket was mainly concerned with putting the best XI on the field... All white with the exception for Gibbs and he went to the prestigious 'white' school, Bishops.
Ntini's selection as the first black player during Cronje's time raised eye brows. So it was not all crystal clear back then though the problem has grown bigger since then particularly at lower rungs. Add Paul Adams and Omar Henry to the mix and I would say it is a bit simplistic to say Cronje era produced a better team just because of colour policy situation and had nothing to do with other aspects.