Players should be picked on merit: Kagiso Rabada
South African speed star Kagiso Rabada made a massive and important statement on the issue of colour discrimination opportunities. He said that merit matters most in case of getting chance in the national squad instead of the colour quota system.
As per the rules of the Cricket South Africa, the national team requires to average 55% players of colours in all formats. But this policy will not be applicable for the Cricket World Cup 2019 which is taking place in England and Wales. According to the CSA CEO Thabang Moroe, there will be no system of colour quota for the Proteas in the mega tournament.
On asking Rabada on this issue, he expressed that he is completely fine with this decision of CSA as he feels that the selection of the players to the national side should be done only on the basis of performance and talent. He said, “At a professional level, players should be picked on merit. For me, transformation is all about getting an opportunity. I feel that players or people should be given the opportunity as much as possible. ”
Rabada is a kind of role model to the community and colour of people from where he belongs. But he also feels that he not only inspires black people but also the white people from all across the globe.
“You are seen as a beacon of hope in terms of transformation and all of that. People try and justify transformation by using players like us, using players like Lungi. Bringing that into the team, obviously if you are doing well and the team is doing well; those topics are going to be raised, and you are going to be seen as an example. I try not to get too politically involved although I know that there are people who look at me and are influenced by it, especially black children or black people. I know that. It is very obvious. But I do know as well that there are white people who feel the same way,” added by Rabada.