Saturday’s 3-Staff Cricket match was enjoyable. The format could not attraction to everybody, however the novelty issue was cute.
Watching AB de Villiers swatting balls via the covers and over midwicket was pleasurable, as was Glenton Stuurman making an impression with the ball on what was arguably the largest stage he’d performed on in his profession.
A lot good got here of Saturday’s match, not least of which was the R500000 raised for 3 charities concerned in offering meals for the poor.
Nonetheless, essentially the most highly effective picture on the day was supplied by all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo. His proper hand clenched in a fist and arm raised, he pulled again his taking part in shirt to disclose a black T-shirt with “Black Lives Matter” printed in giant white letters.
It had been a really troublesome week for Cricket South Africa and the game’s gamers, who had been compelled to confront a social challenge in a manner they hadn’t needed to publish isolation.
The Rainbow Nation, “Protea Hearth” theme of the previous 20 years was proven to be a façade.
Black gamers have felt mistreated by teammates, selectors and coaches, whereas directors have talked coverage and technique, none of which touched the very human parts at play within the sport.
That picture of Phehlukwayo was a strong one; the truth that gamers and officers knelt earlier than the primary ball was bowled was a gracious show. Nonetheless, it should solely be a begin.
Cricket South Africa must are likely to the gaping wound that has been ripped open since a gaggle of white former Proteas senselessly attacked a younger black participant just because he voiced his ideas on how he felt the present group of Proteas may take a stand on the “Black Lives Matter” motion.
In 20 years’ time, nobody needs to listen to that Phehlukwayo, Lutho Sipamla or Lungi Ngidi skilled the identical ranges of discomfort in dressing rooms or on excursions that so many black gamers have endured up to now 20 years.
Now’s the time to hear and be thoughtful of the experiences of black gamers on this nation, to raised perceive their challenges.
Cricket SA, it’s directors and gamers, should confront this challenge in a deep, significant and respectful method.