Cricket South Africa eats under pressure regarding & # 39; money laundering & # 39; while storm clouds gather on day three of the third test against England
- Cricket South Africa is accused of money laundering & # 39; of the test team
- The leaders of the new regime have undermined racial transformation policies
- Kagiso Rabada is the only black African who has taken action against England ]
- Dissenters began to express their concerns after the second test defeat
Storm clouds are gathering over South African cricket and off the pitch after a miserable day when England entered the murder and a 2-1 series lead.
The new regime of Cricket South Africa under CEO Jacques Faul, director of cricket Graeme Smith and head coach Mark Boucher are accused by a substantial part of the population of & # 39; money laundering & # 39; of the game and undoing years of painfully earned transformation concessions.
Much of the criticism comes from those with a political rather than sporting background, but they are a powerful minority with a strong and broad influence.
When Boucher named his best friend, Jacques Kallis, as the team batting coach, the perception of a & # 39; white revolution & # 39 ; complete.
South Africa's victory in the first test at Centurion made it more difficult for the divergent opinions to express their criticism, but the defeat in the second test in Newlands and another dominant performance from England here has led to a growing number of calls for a return to the racial transformation policy that has supported selection for more than ten years.
When racial quotas were first introduced more than a dozen years ago they only applied to domestic teams.
The belief, or hope, was that they would accelerate non-white players through the system at age group and first-class level, leading to an increase in black players to choose from. But the national team was exempt from a strict quota other than the one first introduced in 2000, namely that the Proteas will never be & # 39; all white again & # 39; would be.
Frustrated by slow progress, CSA introduced even stricter quotas four years ago with provincial teams needed to place seven non-white players in each game, three of which are black-African. In franchise cricket, they are six non-white players, three of whom must be black African.
The only room for maneuver for the national team is to include two black Africans in the six non-whites and the quota is measured across all three formats and during the course of a calendar year.
So, strictly speaking, there is no problem with South Africa placing only four non-white players in the first two tests and five in this test – with Kagiso Rabada the only black African – because they have the numbers in the ODI & # 39; s and T20I & # 39; s.
But that is the sensitivity around the subject, ignited by the appointment of the new white regime and the axing of black batsman Temba Bavuma, which is now increasing for significant change – now. The suspension of Rabada for the fourth test at the Wanderers next week means that Bavuma will certainly be recalled. Although he scored a career-best 180 in his last innings for his franchise, the Lions, many will mistakenly remember his memory as purely & # 39; political & # 39; consider.
The racial transformation of sport in South Africa is not only a moral imperative to correct the horrendous mistakes of apartheid. There is also an economic necessity. Sponsors, broadcasters and advertisers prefer not to be associated with a sport that was once seen as & # 39; the white man's game & # 39 ;. White South Africans make up only 10 percent of the population.
The biggest problem with quotas, however, is that they directly conflict with the core principle of top sport, the pursuit of excellence. Every team, in every sport and every region, is irrefutably at risk if there are other selection criteria than excellence. It does not necessarily mean that the best team has not been chosen, but it remains a compromise.
Smith and Boucher strongly believe in transformation, organically if possible, but they also believe that cricket enthusiasts will support a winning team regardless of the color of their skin.
Watford & # 39; s FA Cup replay threatened by Storm Brendan with up to 80 MPH wind and heavy rainfall Great Britain
- Watford & # 39; s FA Cup replay Tranmere is threatened by Storm Brendan
- Heavy rainfall and 80 mph winds hit Britain on Monday and could stop the procedure
- The meeting in Prenton Park is still on the program. Tuesday evening
- Both clubs will follow the situation before the kick-off at 7.45 pm
Heavy rainfall and 80 km / h affected large parts of the country, with more rain forecast later on Tuesday.
Although the meeting in Prenton Park is still planned, the Hornets in a statement revealed that both clubs are in & # 39; regular contact & # 39; have been with the FA and the referee about the possible downpour.
With much more rain expected, Tranmere prepares for the field until 6:00 pm GMT, about an hour and 45 minutes before the kickoff in an attempt to raise the playing surface preserve.
Super League Liverpool Women's League with Manchester United at Prenton Park was postponed on Sunday due to a soaked field after heavy rain the night before.
Hornets boss Nigel Pearson has decided to give priority to the survival of the Premier League over the FA Cup and is expected to make many changes for the repeat of Tuesday
& # 39; I am paid to make decisions based on what is good for our club, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I can't be sentimental. I have always been someone who likes to play in cupruns, but I am a manager, so my role is different.
& # 39; My role is to make decisions based on the schedule for our week. We played Sunday, we play Tuesday and we got away with managing our way through the Christmas period, which was very hectic.
& # 39; The demands of the game are now incredibly high and the working speed of the players in Bournemouth was incredible, so we need to get the recovery right and make sure we are ready for the game on Saturday.
& # 39; This is where other players get opportunities. I do not apologize for it and I do not apologize for it.
& # 39; Did I say that, do I respect cup competitions? Of course I do, but it has nothing to do with still being able to make decisions based on what I believe and what we believe if a club is right for us. It is clear that Premier League security is of the utmost importance. & # 39;
First team stars Ben Foster, Etienne Capoue, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Gerard Deulofeu and Troy Deeney are expected to miss the repetition.
Patrick Reed cheats storm takes another incredible turn, claiming that his lawyer tried to silence the leading wave of punishment by demanding that he asserted a legal document that he would never again say that golfer & # 39; cheated & # 39;
- It was reported that his lawyer had tried to bring a prominent television expert  to 19459 ] Brandel Chamblee of Golf Channel is a prominent critic against Reed
- He is claimed by the lawyer to stop and gives a letter to TV expert Chamblee
Patrick Reed's lawyer referred to reportedly abandoned and abandoned letter to prominent TV expert Brandel Chamblee in an attempt to silence him, while the bitter fallout continues after a bunker row last month's Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.
The American was caught on a television game in December when he ground his club twice in a bunker and seemed to push sand behind his ball to improve his lie.
Chamblee is a prominent media critic of Reed and according to Golfweek the player's lawyer has tried to end the allegations of cheating in the media by the expert a legal to send a letter.
Reed received a two-stroke penalty at the Bahamas event, but he has always strongly claimed that he cheated.
& # 39; When you are there and you unintentionally do something that breaks the rule, it is not considered cheating and at the end of the day that is what, & # 39; said Reed.
& # 39; If you deliberately try to do something, it would be considered cheating. But I didn't deliberately try to improve the lie or something like that. If that were me, it would have been a pretty good lie and I would have hit it very close. & # 39;
The last one, sent to Chamblee from New York-based lawyer Peter Ginsberg, was obtained by Golfweek.
It said: & # 39; The purpose of this letter is to obtain assurance that you will refrain from any further distribution, publication or republishing of false and defamatory statements regarding Mr. Reed, including all allegations that he & # 39; cheated & # 39; during the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas. & # 39;
Ginsberg has experience in conducting legal battles in the world of golf after having previously sued the PGA Tour on behalf of Vijay Singh and Hank Haney.
Sportsmail contacted Ginsberg for a response.
Chamblee is a regular on the golf channel and Reed's legal team appeared on December 9 when he accused the American of & # 39; cheating & # 39 ;.
& # 39; Patrick Reed did is defend cheating, & # 39; C said hamblee. & # 39; It defends breaking the rules. the task is to be accurate in my analysis and I weigh my words heavily – they had no malice – they were meant to be accurate and admonishing about the decline of the traditions of the game. Aats of self-control it is to catch me if you can. And that bothers me. & # 39;
The consequences of what happened in the Bahamas were followed by Reed in the following weeks.
During the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii, Reed was laughed at by a spectator after beating his putt to win play-off against the final winner, Justin Thomas.
Reed had to make a pit of about eight feet for the win, but read the wrong rule and saw his effort drift away from the cup.
But when the ball turned around, a fan screamed & # 39; cheater & # 39; before the crowd responded to Reed & # 39; s attempt to miss its goal.
The tension also increased during three days of the Presidents Cup when Reed & # 39; s caddy – brother-in-law Kessler Karain – pushed a fan and was then banned from participating in the fourth day of the competition.
Karain said the fan was three feet away from Reed, who was in a golf cart when he said & # 39; you f ****** suck & # 39 ;.
Karain wrote on Instagram: & # 39; I got out of the cart and pushed it, said a few things, probably a few expletives. Security camera and I went back in the car and left.
& # 39; I don't think there's a caddy I know who can blame me. Unless his bones break like Mr. Glass, the worst done was a small spilled beer, which I gladly refund. & # 39;