Although South Africa is not poised to host any major international cricketing event until 2023, the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup in 2020 could be a major problem © Getty Images (Representational Image)
Although South Africa is not poised to host any major international cricketing event until 2023, the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup in 2020 could be a major problem © Getty Images (Representational Image)

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has been banned from hosting any major international cricketing event as they failed to meet the transformation guidelines. Fikile Mbalula, sports minister of South Africa, announced the decision following the annual transformation report presented by the eminent person’s group (EPG). Following the report, the decision stands, not just for CSA, but also for other sporting federations in the nation. Although South Africa is not poised to host any major international cricketing event until 2023, the ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup in 2020 could be a major problem. The decision means that South Africa cannot express any interest to host any major sporting tournament, unless and until Mbalula clears them, reports espncricinfo.com. Cricket South Africa optimistic of women’s team doing well in the ICC Women’s World T20

Athe area of black African representation has also become a matter of concern in the sports ministry, as Mbalula explained that they need to increase the base for articipation of more black africans in the sporting events. “It is the right thing to do considering the grave injustices of the past but there is also the reality that 84% of the country’s under-18 population is black African. To ignore this from a sustainability perspective alone will be suicidal,” said Mbalula. CSA has just 9% of black Africans to represent the national team. Gulam Bodi banned by CSA from all cricket-related activities for 20 years

The report also stated that the infrastructural development, along with structural development was real slow in the nation. “The projections (for demographic representation) stretch into 2030 and 2040. We cannot have that,” said, Willie Basson, a member of the EPG and a former CSA acting president. Basson also stated that the demographics regarding the South African population must reflect in the national teams. “If we cannot mobilise the black Africanisation in our sport, we will pay the consequence in the not so distance future,” he said. Drunk South African cricketer Aaron Phangiso creates ruckus on flight from Mumbai

CSA along with South African Rugby Union have transformation committees, that has been made a requirement for all sporting federations in the nation by Mbalula. The review process is in its third year and would continue, until South African teams are considered fit enough to be representative. Failing to meet transformation targets could lead to that also include suspension of government funding, withdrawing government recognition of the federation and political support for endorsements and sponsorships withdrawal.