South African cricket legend Mike Procter has said that he believes the country has passed the stage of needing quotas.
‘I’ve mixed feelings, really. I can totally understand that the injustices of the past are trying to be rectified but I’m not a total believer in having to pick guys because of their colour, to be honest. I think we’ve passed that stage,’ said Procter in the October 2018 issue of Wisden Cricket Monthly, when asked about his feelings on the future of South African cricket.
‘We have some fantastic players from all around now. I can understand why a lot of the white players leave because they are going to be one out of five white players who are in the team, which is not a big number. There’s really no guarantees.’
The former great South African, Natal and Gloucestershire all-rounder was featured in Wisden‘s ‘A Cricket Life’ feature.
Procter also talked about South Africa’s sporting isolation, which prevented him and Natal teammate Barry Richards from enjoying lengthy international careers which could have rewritten the Test record books.
‘A lot of South Africans were upset they weren’t playing international cricket [during the country’s ban from 1970 to 1991] but I realised, at the time, that the government’s policies weren’t going to change – we weren’t going to get back. And I accepted that totally.
‘If one guy’s Test career can help 40 million people lead a better life then that’s good news for me. It didn’t upset me that I couldn’t play Test cricket because what was happening in South Africa was an absolute no-no.’
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