What a ridiculous 24 hours it has been.
I initially was going to do a podcast about Haroon Lorgat’s text to Proteas coach Russell Domingo telling him to pick another black player.
Was the dropping of Kyle Abbott in the World Cup semi final racially motivated?
Quotas, race, politics and South Africa are intrinsically linked. I wanted to explore the issue and had invited Cliff Central’s Ben Karpinski onto the show to discuss further. He lives in Johannesburg and is white. It’s bizarre that I even have to share his colour, but this is how South Africa works apparently. He wrote a great article on the topic and has some strong views on the matter.
It’s an ugly subject that not many people want to tackle in case people call them racist or bigoted.
I once had a crack it. You can read that piece if you like.
I had reached out to the South African Minister of Sport, but his office did not reply in time.
However, while planning the podcast, the Sri Lankan government took over Sri Lanka Cricket. This move caused the ICC to remind them that they would likely be suspended under Article 2.9(B) of the ICC’s Articles of Association banning government interference into cricket matters.
But wait! Isn’t that what the South African government just did with their World Cup semi final team?
So where’s South Africa’s please explain letter?
Then, ICC President Mustafa Kamal decided to resign in protest because the ICC have not followed their own constitution. He was meant to present the World Cup trophy and wasn’t allowed to. Him calling two umpires cheats and corrupt after Bangladesh’s loss to India in the World Cup probably didn’t help.
Strap yourselves in folks.
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