Its not about picking a team or any AA candidates to make up the numbers. I have been at pains in this thread to do the following (bar some of the emotional rants):Originally Posted by Marius
1. Provide history and context of transformation and quota's in the country.
2. Provide political context for this discussion.
3. Highlight socio-economic and race inequalities and the difficulties that traditionally non-white cricketers face.
You are being so adamant that you are right (which I'm not disputing) and yet in your narrowist view, you are ignoring cold hard reality. If you had your finger on the pulse of the country, you would realize that this has already turned into a conflict between the cricket purists, idealists and perceived pro white dominance groups and the overwhelming majority of the country who want the ANC to put their foot down and show CSA who is running this country. It doesn't take a rocket science degree to see that the minority is bringing a water pistol to the battle and the other side a tank.
Rome is burning and while many a cricket enthusiast would be most happy to enjoy the cricket and ignore the outside world, it might be more prudent to take a lesson from history and maybe ask Barry Richards and company whether triumph over the the then number 1 ranked aussie team in the often celebrated 1969/1970 series was worth the 20 years of exile - all because the then regime showed the other 90% of the country the middle finger and wouldn't change.
Calmer heads need to prevail in this dispute and many need to shelve their ideal's and principles and let cold hard reality start dictating general thinking. The current situation is untenable and if CSA and its principles continue with its perceived resistance to political ideals, the government will simply just get tired of talking and forcefully dismantle the current CSA apparatus, employing AA bureaucrats take over and then run it into the ground with their incompetence...ala Cricket Zimbabwe. You and me might offer up a tear and a whimper for a "Team that could have been" but the other overwhelming black majority of the country will simply say "Good riddance to bad rubbish!".
I repeat, I don't want to "select a representative SA side" or implement quota's or push a black agenda. I'm more interested in compromising and saving as much of Cricket SA as possible while many in their purist and idealistic obduracy are willing to go out all guns blazing and run it into the ground.