Former South Africa chief Dr Ali Bacher believes that the decision to make Ashwell Prince the national teamâ€™s first black captain will mark the end of the quota system and inspire a new generation of players.
Prince, 29, was named to lead the South African team on their forthcoming tour of Sri Lanka after injury forced the withdrawal of Graeme Smith.
â€œWhat his appointment indicates is that we are approaching the end of a period in South African cricket where there was affirmative action and quotas, which was necessary,â€ Bacher told the BBC. â€œAshwell Prince has been picked because he is the best leader of the national team at this particular time,â€ he added.
Bacher, who masterminded the 2003 World Cup in South Africa, also believes that players like Prince and fast bowler Makhaya Ntini will inspire a new generation of young, South African blacks to make a push into the national team.
â€œItâ€™s very important and will be an inspiration for black men and women in this country,â€ he said. â€œAshwell has a huge responsibility because his appointment will enhance the support for cricket by the black people in this country,â€ he added.
â€œI still think at this point in time the gameâ€™s major achievement has been the success of Makhaya Ntini, a black African who came from the rural villages of the Border area and came to a cricket clinic bare-foot when he was 14.
A black coach, Raymond Booi, saw him bowl and immediately realised there was huge potential. Today, heâ€™s known as one of the best fast bowlers in world cricket,â€ he said of Ntini.
Bacher is convinced Prince can thrive in Sri Lanka even though the team will be shorn of Smith and pivotal all-rounder Jacques Kallis. â€œYou watch him play and heâ€™s calm and cool under pressure and he did particularly well against the Australians last summer, and you donâ€™t get more pressure than that.â€
Source:The NewsMore on:Ali Bacher, Ashwell Prince, South Africa
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