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Cricket commentator Ashwell Prince described himself as a "quota player" in the South African national team.


Ashwell Prince stated that some of his former teammates used the term “quota player” to describe him.

In an accusation of racism, Paul Adams said former teammates were guilty.

the witness was heard by Dumisa Ntsebeza, the advocate

Ashwell Prince and Paul Adams, notable former South Africa players, were among those who testified to an independent ombudsman, attorney Dumisa Ntsebeza, who heard their statements.

During a month of hearings, South African cricket stars have revealed allegations of racial discrimination. One of them, who had already retired, said he was called a “quota player” and representing the national side was “no fantasy.” He was singled out when someone altered 1970s hit tune “Brown Girl in the Ring” into another track. CSA describes the Cricket for Social Justice and Nation Building (CSJNB) project that arose when current bowler Lungi Ngidi lent his support to the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020 as social justice and nation-building initiative.

Following the public criticism of Ngidi’s comments, a group of black former international cricketers released a statement saying they had faced discrimination during their careers.

On Wednesday, renowned former players, including Ashwell Prince and Paul Adams, had their testimonies examined by an independent ombudsman, advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza.

Having amassed 3,665 runs at an average of 41.64 in 66 Tests, including a hundred on debut, Prince has alleged that he was cast in the role of a “quota player” and was not welcomed in the national squad.

Many years ago, the CSA established racial “targets” for teams to guarantee that diversity was incorporated in the team and numerous players spoke out about claims that they were solely chosen because of their race.

Prince now coaches the Cape Cobras franchise club, and when asked if he considered himself to be a hero, he answered, “You think that you’re playing for your nation, that you’re living a dream, but it was no dream.”

The weekend before he struck a Test century for his national team, three of his national colleagues had utilized the quota system to taunt him, despite the fact that he generally did not start the batting.

I. wasn’t on our squad

Lastly and grudgingly, he raised his bat to his teammates.

“I would not have swung my bat at them had I had a choice. Our squad wasn’t cohesive.”

According to Prince, at one of the team bonding weekends under the leadership of coach Gary Kirsten, the team management refused a request from a player of color to discuss South Africa’s history.

Such dialogues might have prevented the Black Lives Matter movement from becoming so divisive.

While the song “Brown Girl in the Ring” is popularly associated with Boney M, Adams, a spin bowler who took 134 wickets in 45 Tests, was branded “brown crap” in after-match punishment discussions after colleagues sang the verses of the song.

When he was asked about his earlier claims that he hadn’t complained originally, he stated that his fiancée, now his wife, had found that he was being racially stereotyped.

The aforementioned previous white players, among them current coach Mark Boucher, and recently retired star batsman AB de Villiers, have all been referenced throughout the proceedings.

When someone makes an allegation against me, I will reply.

Before Friday’s adjournment, Ntsebeza pledged to provide a chance for people who were the subject of complaints to provide a response.

There are many deadlines: August 18th for submissions, and August 23rd for hearings.

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