n South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Effectiveness of the cricket transformation process in increasing representation and performance of black cricketers at provincial level in South Africa : original research article

Volume 21, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



. This study investigates the effectiveness of the cricket transformation process in firstly increasing representation of black players and secondly improving performance of black players in the South African 4-day provincial competition between the1996 / 1997 and 2007 / 2008 cricket seasons.

. Cricketers were categorised as white, black African or coloured / Indian. Whenever the category 'black' is mentioned alone, it refers to black African and coloured / Indian. All data were obtained from www.cricinfo.com.
. The number of white players decreased and the number of black African and coloured / Indian players increased between the 1996 / 1997 and 2007 / 2008 seasons. White batsmen had significantly higher batting averages than black Africans, but were only better than coloureds / Indians in the 2001 / 2002 season. Coloureds / Indians had better batting averages than black Africans in all seasons except 2001 / 2002 and 2004 / 2005. There was a significant improvement in the batting averages of coloureds / Indians but not of whites and black Africans over the 12 seasons. White bowlers had significantly better bowling averages than coloured / Indian bowlers for seasons 2002 / 2003, 2004 / 2005 and 2006 / 2007. There were no significant differences in the bowling averages between white and black African players and between coloured / Indian and black African players over the 12 seasons.There was a tendency towards a decreased bowling performance for coloureds / Indians, whereas there was no significant decrement in the bowling performance for whites and black Africans over the 12 seasons.
. The increase in the number of black cricketers performing according to standard suggests a reasonable successful transformation process. However, representation and batting performance of black African batsmen remain a concern.

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