Hope for SA to host cricket again

Fikile Mbalula may overturn his sports ban for Cricket SA.

In case you’re wondering why South Africa hasn’t been hosting any major sporting events, you’ve come to the right place.

South Africans have a religious love for sports. They love playing it themselves, and they love watching their favourite teams battle it out on the field.

So when Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula placed a ban on four big sports organisations, sports fanatics were not happy.

In 2016, Mbalula banned the South African Rugby Union (Saru), Cricket SA, Athletics SA and Netball SA from bidding or hosting any major international tournaments.

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Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula (Twitter)

The decision came about because the organisations failed to meet their transformation targets. What this means is that none of the sporting federations had enough black teams members. The target set by the government is 60%.

Mbalula will review the ban after the Eminent Persons Group (EPG) report for the organisations are released. For Cricket SA, their time has come now because they have their 2016/17 report.

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CSA will have a meeting with Fikile Mbalula next week. If all goes well and the numbers are acceptable, the ban will be lifted.

Cricket is one of the most transformed sports in South Africa. The national team is very diverse due to a policy that ensures each team must have at least three black Africans and six people of colour.

Despite this, the vice-president of CSA says they still have a long way to go.

“I’d say we’re at a 4. I say that because transformation is a massive animal and we’re still falling short in many regards.”

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The South African National Cricket Team, the Proteas (Twitter)

South Africa has hosted multiple International Cricket Council (ICC) events in the past. These include the 2003 ICC World Cup, the first ICC World T20 in 2007 and the ICC Champions Trophy in 2009.

Now, South Africa is at the front of the line in the race to host the ICC World T20 in 2018.

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