No racial quotas for SA for first Test against NZ

South Africa will not be using any racial quotas to pick the team to face New Zealand in the first Test later this week despite promising to formally introduce them to a bid to speed up transformation.

Russell Domingo..."We will continue to do what we've always done and that is pick our best eleven players."   -  Getty Images

South Africa will not be using any racial quotas to pick the team to face New Zealand in the first Test later this week despite promising to formally introduce them to a bid to speed up transformation. Coach Russell Domingo said players would be selected on merit only for the first Test in Durban, which starts on Friday.

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“We will continue to do what we've always done and that is pick our best eleven players. We are fortunate that it hasn't been an issue for this particular team,” Domingo told reporters.

His comments came three weeks after Cricket South Africa (CSA), which has been criticised by the government over the issue, said it would set a minimum number of black players to be selected in all its national teams.

CSA president Chris Nenzani announced these “targets” would be calculated over a year after it had been determined what was realistic and sustainable. “There has been nothing officially recommended to me at the moment,” added Domingo as South Africa began preparations for a two-match series, its first Test series since losing to England at home at the start of the year.

CSA has already introduced quotas.

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