CSA announces Cricket for Social Justice and Nation Building project to address racism

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Cricket South Africa has announced their plans to address and fight against the racism in the game after Proteas speedster Lungi Ngidi showed his support to the global Black Lives Matter movement which came into limelight after the death of George Floyd in America.

Ngidi’s support for the Black Lives Matter movement has been backed by 30 former players including Makhaya Ntini who came out with allegations of racism during his playing days in Cricket.

one of the Proteas Batting great Hashim Amla, who retired last year backed Ngidi for taking the stand that he did.

CSA said in a statement referring to the project named “Cricket for Social Justice and Nation Building ‘The national outcry by cricket fans, the greater South African public and broad stakeholder groups could not be ignored,”

Cricket South Africa will construct “Transformation Ombudsman”, whose main focus will be to include the management of the independent complaints system as well as overseeing the healing, restoration, and uniting process of cricket players, fans, and the nation, starting to make changes with the displeased former players.

CSA Board Chairman Chris Nenzani said “We feel sorry that our cricket players had to go to such emotional hardships that they did, subjugated by their peers along racial lines under our new democracy that enjoined us to embrace reconciliation and inclusivity,”

“SJN is the first-of-its-kind project meant to rid cricket from racial discrimination. This is a very important project that all stakeholders must make sure succeeds for the future sustainability of cricket.”

Nenzani strongly came against those who opposed fighting transformation in South African cricket, which under apartheid-era laws restricted national squads to white players only until the 1990s.

“The fortunes of cricket, its players, stakeholders, and fans are not going to be held to ransom by the wayward few who definitely have no place within our ranks.

Nenzani further added.”We are determined to pull out all stops to ensure that healing takes place for those who have been wronged and that perpetrators are exposed, sanctioned, and isolated,”

CSA Acting CEO Dr. Jacques Faul said: “We commit that never again shall we be found wanting and will consolidate our efforts to assure an inclusive cricket environment, free of any discrimination, racism or any other ill that negate the gains of the democracy that we fought so hard for.”

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