‘Abilities, not skin colour, matter to the South African players’, says JP Duminy

South African cricket has been going through a lot in recent times. The quota-system for coloured players has been a subject of intense debate in South Africa for some time. And now, with the South African government banning Cricket South Africa (CSA) from hosting or bidding for international tournaments for at least a year for not sufficiently increasing the number of coloured players in their national teams, the entire issue has resurfaced in a strong manner.

The South African players do have an opinion on the issue. Most of the Protea players are in India at the moment to participate in the ninth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) and JP Duminy, their integral part, is representing the Delhi Daredevils (DD). He recently spoke to cricket.com.au on a wide range of issues including the IPL and the quota-system.

On being asked as to how the transformation in South African cricket and inclusion of players of colour is affecting the dressing room, Duminy said: “No, I don’t think it affects the players at all. From a managerial point of view, it can have an impact and makes their job difficult. But from a dressing room point of view, the colour of the skin doesn’t matter.”

Duminy further added, “When it comes to playing for the national team, we feel that you have been picked on merit for your abilities. There is always going to be politics around various selection issues and it is not just with South Africa. For any team, there will be selection politics. But for us, as players, we don’t get involved with that. Our sole job is to play out there on the field and we focus on that.”

The all-rounder has been in a good knick in the current IPL. Coming from an injury lay-off, he scored 49 not out and 48 in the last two games that he played for DD before being ruled out again for DD’s last game due to illness. Former skipper of the franchise, Duminy will play a huge role in DD’s campaign which has been going good so far.