Vernon Philander – an Enquiry Is Essential [analysis]

Vernon Philander has been caught in the middle of an alleged quota controversy after media reports suggested he was selected for the semi-final after interference from the board. Unsurprisingly, Cricket South Africa and the South African sports ministry have already denied the claims, but such reports follow an enquiry, if only for the sake of trust from the support base.

And herewith commences South Africa’s World Cup laundry cycle. Colours washed out together. Initiate spin cycle. Only Blacks hung out to dry.

Vernon Philander has been thrown into the deep end of a racial row after reports suggested that political meddling resulted in his selection over Kyle Abbott in South Africa’s World Cup semi-final. The powers that be have moved quickly to deny all such claims, but it has been a stark reminder of the dangers associated with the quota system at the highest level and brought back memories of when Charl Langeveldt refused to tour with the national team when he was selected in place of Andre Nel.

Times Media reported on Monday that interference from Cricket South Africa’s board vetoed both Russell Domingo and AB de Villiers in order to ensure four players of colour…

Source : Daily Maverick