Thatscricket - News - Less privileged clubs get UCBSA~~s bounty

Published: Tuesday, February 27, 2001, 1:50 [IST]
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Johannesburg: The development of cricket among previously disadvantaged communities in South Africa has received a boost with a grant of nearly half a million Rands from the Ministry of Sport.The United Cricket Board of South Africa (UCBSA), which received Rands 450,000, added another Rands 20,000 itself so that it could distribute equal amounts of Rands 10,000 each to 34 disadvantaged Premier League clubs throughout the country."The balance Rands 130,000 would be used to purchase equipment in our continued efforts of getting the nation to play cricket," said UCBSA CEOGerald Majola.Until about a decade ago, national cricket was separated on racial lines due to apartheid laws, leaving the majority black community out of the mainstream game. The national squad consisted of only white players.Efforts to restore democracy to the game have been hampered by inadequate resources and funding in black areas and this move is expected to be the first of many steps to improve conditions for these players.India Abroad News Service

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