South African cricket franchises have been caught short by a new quota directive unilaterally imposed by Cricket South Africa.
The resolution to increase the numbers of players of colour from five to six in franchise cricket, including three black Africans, and from six to seven in provincial cricket, including four black Africans, was taken two weeks before the contract window closes and will leave most teams scrambling to make up numbers.
Tony Irish, Chief Executive of the South African Cricketers’ Association says that a late scramble for players with budgets already finalised could result in them being offered inferior financial deals, playing franchise cricket on low-paid, semi-pro contracts, or playing semi-pro cricket without a contract at all.
“Many of the players playing under low-paid contracts, or without any benefits at all, will be players of colour and black African players. As a players union this isn’t acceptable to us, and it undermines the player contracting system.”
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