- Ken Borland
Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) response to the debacle over whether external influence was brought to bear on the selection of the Proteas team that took the field in the Cricket World Cup (CWC) semi-final defeat of New Zealand increasingly resembles the government’s shambolic attempt to deflect responsibility for the landing of a private aeroplane at the Waterkloof Air Force base in 2013. By LAWSON NAIDOO.
Mike Horn, one of the members of the South African cricket team’s support staff during the World Cup, is the first to openly suggest there was indeed selection interference from the top, weeks after Cricket South Africa vehemently denied it. This is not a story that’s going to just die down and South Africa’s cricket administrators will be ducking beamers for a while still. BY ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Schalk Burger is one of rugby’s comeback kings, and his ability to bounce back time and time again was recognised when he won the Laureus Comeback of the Year Award on Wednesday, going from fighting for his life to playing for the Springboks, something doctors said he wouldn’t be able to do again. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Gabon have been named as 2017 Africa Cup of Nations hosts ahead of Algeria and Ghana. While the football will take centre stage, hosting the tournament will offer Gabon an opportunity to position itself as a premier tourism destination to prepare for the day its oil reserves run dry. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Vernon Philander has been caught in the middle of an alleged quota controversy after media reports suggested he was selected for the semi-final after interference from the board. Unsurprisingly, Cricket South Africa and the South African sports ministry have already denied the claims, but such reports follow an enquiry, if only for the sake of trust from the support base. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
Australia are the World Champions of cricket after a convincing win over New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup final on Sunday. Much like their journeys here, the two teams’ performance on the day stood in total contrast. For one thing, this should set the tone for years to come. For another, the losing team will be wondering how things went so wrong, so quickly. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
The conviction of former tennis icon, Bob Hewitt, on two counts of rape and one of indecent assault, vindicates the experiences of many women who grew up in the claustrophobic and deeply patriarchal 1960s, 70s and 80s and who were victims of the unquestioned toxic power and privilege bestowed on men during this epoch. It might be difficult for younger women to imagine just how silencing and oppressive a time it was. By MARIANNE THAMM.
Two quarterfinals into the 2015 Cricket World Cup, those who invested the past six weeks of their lives into following the tournament must be utterly disappointed. Both matches have been dull and one-sided, and yet the tournament’s format was designed to protect the “strongest” teams. Say what? By ANTOINETTE MULLER.
As far as the stats go, there has never been a worse time to be a bowler at a Cricket World Cup. The scoring rates are at an all-time high and while innovative approaches can take some credit, the rulemakers should consider the impact that some of their decisions might have on future generations. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.