Thatscricket - News - Seven black players in South Africa ~~A~~ team

Published: Saturday, March 24, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Cape Town: The South African cricket selectors named seven black players in a 14-man South Africa 'A' team to tour India in August and September.''All the players are there on merit and it's the natural evolution of cricket in South Africa,'' chief selector Rushdi Magiet told Reuters. ''They are all good young players and it bodes well for the future of South African cricket.''The side includes Justin Ontong and Andre Nel, who are currently touring with the South African team in the West Indies.''We wanted to give them both another shot as they will not play much cricket in the Windies,'' Magiet said. ''It'll be good for them to play in India and we see it as an investment in the future.'' The side will be captained by HD Ackerman while Ontong, a black player from Boland, was named vice-captain. Three ''Tests'' against India 'A' and three One-day matches will be played during the tour.Squad: HD Ackerman (Western Province), Justin Ontong (Boland), Goolam Bodi (KwaZulu-Natal), Claude Henderson (Western Province), John Kent (KwaZulu-Natal), Garnet Kruger (Eastern Province), Charl Langeveldt (Boland), Victor Mpitsang (Free State), Andre Nel (Easterns), Ashwell Prince (Western Province), Jacques Rudolph (Northerns), Graeme Smith (Western Province), Thami Tsolekile (Western Province), Martin van Jaarsveld (Northerns).(c) Reuters Limited. Click here for Restrictions

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