Articles like the one Marius supplied are not novel. Its an opinion/viewpoint/report that stems from rose tinted glasses...suckled by the breasts of economic prosperity and privilege. In South Africa, there are a lot of issues that remind us of our political past but sports like cricket is a grim reminder of the divide between the "Have's" and the "Have not's".
Alot of people most probably read Marius article and thought to themselves that everything is hunky-dory in SA cricket? The fact is, when you come stand on my side of the railway lines, its not so pretty. Alot of people criticize from a point of ignorance not understanding the drivers of contentious issues such as "quota's".
Firdose Moonda and Telford Vice are journalists...trained to look at all issues from different perspectives and report facts...sometimes painful ones at that. When they write their articles, they most probably saw children such as myself who grew up in ghetto's, who use to play and love cricket...thought to himself he was Brian Lara (the right hand version of course), begged mom to play for a cricket club, to show up in Saturday morning on match day in my wannabe cricket whites, second hand sneakers to big and with a couple of holes, a very rickety bat and no protection only to have the other children from upper suburbia stare and laugh at you for looking funny! Then to have mum tell you that you can't play anymore and being so upset with her only to realize later in life that it was either starve or play cricket and be thankful that there was something to eat because there were millions of other Saffa's who didn't even have that. That was 20 years ago. Why is it that when I go to that same ghetto and street, I'm seeing history repeating itself? Nothing's changed!
There's only 2 ways that this is quota business is gonna go down...
Either the "Rainbow nation" is gonna get shoved down CSA's throat kicking and screaming, or CSA and its principles can choose to join the process and so contribute to a shared vision for a representative CSA. I would really like it do be the latter choice because then CSA will have a hand in directing the process. Speaking from experience, when AA and BEE was shoved down people's throats, it turned out to be a political **** storm with far reaching negative consequences that will most probably reverberate through the South African landscape for the next generation or two. I really don't want that for the Protea's because I love my team and I want them to succeed but if people are going ask me to choose between the prosperity of my country vs. cricket, there's only gonna be one obvious loser!