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Very good article and shows how gutless the ICC is when it comes to political interference.

ICC’s Skewed Decision-Making: Nepal Suspended, No Action on SA

Dennis Freedman
April 26, 2016, 2:51 pm
One of the laziest ways to motivate people to do what you want is to employ the “carrot or the stick” technique.
It’s how we used to train horses. Do as you want and the horse get a carrot. Disobey, and they get a whack on the hide.
It is lazy because it ignores a person’s motivators and drivers other than the natural inclination to avoid pain. It abuses power and ignores reasons for non compliance.
It is how the ICC are currently choosing to keep the weak in line.
Let’s take a look at the current situation in Nepal.

Like almost every board not run by independents, it is in constant flux. Court challenges, allegations of dodgy elections and mismanagement. The Nepalese government decided enough was enough and installed an interim board until such time as it worked through the issues.
Something similar recently happened in Sri Lanka. The same typical issues led to the government disbanding the board and installing interim members to work through the mess.

Today, we heard that the South African sports minister has banned Cricket South Africa from pitching for any ICC events due to not reaching quota targets of black players in the national teams.
The BCCI has a sitting member of parliament as its secretary. This secretary had sufficient influence to ensure that some ICC World Twenty20 games were played in his home town of Dharmasala.
In that same tournament, the Pakistan team had to wait for formal government permission before they could participate.

These are just some random examples of how governments interfere with cricket around the world.
The Pakistan team’s arrived in India for the World T20 was delayed after the Government refused to give them security clearance. (Photo: IANS)
The Pakistan team’s arrived in India for the World T20 was delayed after the Government refused to give them security clearance. (Photo: IANS)
The ICC don’t like it. We know this because Article 2.9 of the ICC’s Articles of Association prohibits government interference.

They are not alone. FIFA have the same rule, as do many other international sporting bodies.
But it’s how the ICC respond and enforce this rule that makes interesting reading.
In Nepal’s case, they have been banned from the ICC until further notice. This means that all funding is now stopped, but the team can still participate in ICC events. The ICC are therefore saying that the Nepalese government are less trustworthy with their money than the previous fractured board.
In Sri Lanka’s almost identical case, all they received was a nasty letter.
South Africa can basically do as they like. The ICC have never threatened them with anything, despite the most blatant government interference being hard coded in the way of player quotas.
Pakistan are yet to be told they were breaking the rules.
Guffaws of laughter break out when anyone suggests that India will be punished for being in contravention of the articles.

Can you imagine the ICC trying to enforce its articles as it should?
“Sorry BCCI. You can’t have your percentage of revenue until the Supreme Court gets its nose out of your affairs.”
Because according to the articles, that’s exactly what should happen.
Nepal’s under-19 team finished 8th at this year’s under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh. (Photo: Twitter)
Nepal’s under-19 team finished 8th at this year’s under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh. (Photo: Twitter)
This nonsense is compounded when you consider the impacts on lesser nations.
For Nepal, the ICC funding earmarked for the development of young players is now missing. It punishes the innocent. It stifles growth. It actually makes the situation worse.
Nepal, a country just a few steps away from being the next Afghanistan, is being hobbled by the body with the most to gain from its growth.

The stick is considered a way to control administrative politics. Instead, it ruins the dreams of kids.
So why the difference in response?
I’ll leave you to conclude that yourself.
But I don’t expect you to take very long to work it out.


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If they were going to rub out full members for government interference then only Australia, England and NZ would be playing.



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3 hours ago, Docker said:

If they were going to rub out full members for government interference then only Australia, England and NZ would be playing.



What's the point of having a rule if you aren't willing to apply it?

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1 minute ago, Stefan said:

What's the point of having a rule if you aren't willing to apply it?

True but what is the point of the ICC. It has always been the tool of others - firstly England/Australia and now India.


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Interesting article.............................

Resorting to quotas is a result of the expensive failure to produce black cricketers

Neil Manthorp 09 Sep 2016 00:00

A week during which the rest of the major cricket nations were furrowing their brows over the lack of context and relevance in bilateral cricket saw South Africa, once again, wrestling with a different problem — context and relevance to the majority of the nation.

It is hard enough for South Africans to grapple with the pros and cons of transformation and quotas, so it was no surprise to see and hear the reaction of others, which varied between incredulity and modest, qualified support depending on the average shade of the population.

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting was more concerned about the lack of “meaning” to Australia’s bounce-back 4-1 one-day international series victory against Sri Lanka following the 3-0 Test series thrashing, and had the same questions about the five-match ODI series against the Proteas here next month.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) responded by issuing an obliquely positive statement following two days of meetings at which the Test-playing nations debated various league structures and “championships” for all three formats.

Ponting suggested promotion and relegation between two divisions in the ODI game but that concept for Test cricket was shot down in flames last week when the Board for the Control of Cricket in India president Anurag Thakur said they did not support it. Instead, the popular common ground in Dubai, where the meetings were held, appears to be a biannual Test “play-off” between the top two teams — a Test “champion” every two years.

“Significant progress on the future shape of all international cricket has been made … as members explored how to improve the quality of bilateral cricket,” said the ICC chief executive, David Richardson.

“The focus has been on solutions that will grow fan interest and engagement by delivering high-quality cricket, with the best players playing in an environment where every match counts.

“There is an appetite from the 10 full members for more context around all three formats of the game and we have consensus on a range of areas.

“This includes the details of ODI and T20 structures and principles around Test cricket schedules, which include the concept of a Test Champion play-off every two years, and the opportunity for more nations to be involved.

“Work will continue to develop a clear structure and position for each format over the coming months as the ICC collectively focuses on improving bilateral cricket for fans and players in the long run.”

Absolutely no detail whatsoever might indicate that “significant progress” has more spin on it than the greatest googly ever bowled, but what else could he say? The concept and prospect of formulated global leagues in all three formats should be enough to reignite the interest of even the most jaded supporters.

But nothing will happen before 2019 because of “existing arrangements”. Perhaps the will to change isn’t so strong after all.

At least Cricket South Africa can’t be accused of resisting change. Not any more, anyway. There has been no shortage of social media nastiness in the aftermath of quotas being confirmed at national team level. Are they right? Can they work?

Former national coach Eric Simons, asks a pertinent question: “What return has there been from the literally hundreds of millions of rands spent on transformation projects?

“If one judges the transformation process simply on the number of black players that are able to play for the Proteas then the efforts of the past 25 years has not worked. Surely the fact that we still have to even talk of quotas after 25 years is evidence of this fact,” Simons says.

“If one is totally honest, the system cannot even claim Kagiso Rabada and Temba Bavuma, can it? They both went to private schools and cannot be regarded as a result of the investment in transformation.”

So who can it claim?

The painful answer is probably “only Makhaya Ntini” at national level. He is all there is to show for an investment of about R150-million. Simons is not pointing fingers or looking to apportion blame for the failure — quite the opposite, in fact.

“We need to take an honest look at the past and learn from our mistakes to ensure we don’t make them again. What have we been doing wrong? I know there has been some research done but is it enough? You can have all the quotas you like but they’re only needed if there aren’t enough players coming through the system to fill the positions,” Simons says.

Often in sport, as in life, the best perspectives can be provided by those observing from a distance and with an informal or general interest rather than a vested one.

Dale Williams is an executive coach to several business leaders and convener of Strategic Thinking, a course for final-year business science students at the University of Cape Town. He was also the businessperson behind Gary Kirsten and Paddy Upton’s partnership before they went on to coach India.

“It strikes me that, while it may have some other nuances, cricket is essentially a business. Smart businesses in South Africa have transformed themselves because it makes business rather than political sense,” he says.

“We would have a better Proteas team if we harnessed the potential of the whole population and not just whites who have traditionally made up the national side. Like a chief executive needs to take responsibility for the outcomes of their business, so too should the South African cricket leadership learn from their mistakes and turn around what can only be described as a disastrous failure to produce black players.”

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Various well-known sporting icons have studied at Dale College:

Steve Palframan

Makhaya Ntini

Monde Zondeki

Hilton Ackerman

Des Torr

Buster Farrer

LLF Wood

Bjorn Basson

Gcobani Bobo

Tera Mtembu

Keegan Daniels

Bandisi Maku

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IIRC,  Ntini was spotted by someone who then sponsored him to go to Dale or arranged a bursary to go to Dale. 

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Makhaya Ntini was born in Mdingi, a small village in Cape Province which is near King William's Town (currently in Eastern Cape province).[1] He was discovered by a Border Cricket Board development officer who was setting up a mini-cricket programme. Although Ntini was both too old and too big to participate in the programme, the officer, Raymond Booi noticed the bared-footed cowherd's enthusiasm and talent for bowling. He lent the 15-year-old Ntini a pair of plimsolls and arranged for him to participate in a net session in King William's Town. Ntini impressed Booi, who contacted the head of the development programme, Greg Hayes, and the pair placed Ntini in a junior cricket festival in Queenstown. For the festival, Hayes purchased Ntini his first pair of boots – but later had to give the young bowler instructions not to wear them indoors, or when herding cattle.[2]

Two years later, he was selected to tour England with the South Africa Under-19 squad, and played all five of the youth internationals. England dominated bothOne Day Internationals (ODIs) during the tour, with the South Africans only managing to take one wicket across the two matches, which fell to Pierre Joubert.[3] In the Test series, which England won 2–0, Ntini claimed nine wickets, the second-most by a South African bowler.[4]

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Ntini was given a pair of boots and packed off to Dale College in King William’s Town, one of the country's best regarded cricketing nurseries. Ntini was 14 and couldn’t speak English, but soon excelled and in 1994 and 1995 he represented Border Schools at the Nuffield Week for under 19s. He was also in the under 19 national team and made his debut against England in 1995, where he bowled Alec Stewart out. - See more at: http://www.sahistory.org.za/people/makhaya-ntini#sthash.Tric84rx.dpuf

So the bottom line is that the first step of the then,  and probably also current, development program seems to be to get the identified person into a posh school because he/she has no chance in a "normal" state school. 

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Do Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel know about this?

But exactly my point. The development program has been a complete failure and now quotas are being forced in to cover this up. 

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