Cape Cobras fails to meet transformation target, CSA to probe

The domestic side fielded only two back African players instead of the required three in a first-class contest against Warriors.

The Cobras had fielded only two black players but seven players of colour. Representative Image: Getty Images

Cricket South Africa (CSA) is set to investigate the team selection of Cape Cobras after it fielded two black African players instead of the required three against the Warriors, thereby failing to meet the Board’s transformation target in the ongoing domestic series.

The CSA expects all domestic sides in South Africa to field a minimum of six players of colour — including three black Africans — every time they take to the field as part of their commitment to facilitate transformation. However, the Cobras were left one short after they included two black African players — Thando Ntini and Tladi Bokako — during the four-day first-class match in Cape Town on Monday.

Written explanation

Akhona Mnyaka had earlier been named in the squad, but he was not picked. The Cobras, however, fielded seven players of colour in the side. The Cobras later provided a written explanation for their team composition to CSA.

“CSA has noted the submission by Western Cape Cricket (Cape Cobras) in lieu of a request for a deviation from the administrative conditions. CSA will launch a further enquiry into this incident and will consider all the related and relevant information in order to arrive at a decision about the strength and the validity of the argument by WCC,” Thamie Mthembie, CSA’s head of communications told ESPNcricinfo.

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The other five franchises, however, fielded the required number of black African players in the tournament.

It was not the first time that Western Province found itself at loggerheads with CSA. In September, the CSA had suspended the Western Province Cricket Association (WPCA) board and placed it under its administration citing concerns over financial and governance issues.

WPCA then took the CSA to court, challenging the decision.