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Black cricketers sceptical of new deal
THE Black African Cricket Forum has expressed reservations at a promise that 30 per cent of a R5-million sponsorship deal for the Warriors cricket franchise will be used to develop the sport in the province.
The warriors have secured a R4,92-million two-year sponsorship from Fidentia Sports and Entertainment, effective from May 1.
Clubs in Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage, Grahamstown and Graaff-Reinet, decided last year to pull out of EP Cricket activities, citing racism and being sidelined as reasons.
“We fear that the money will, as with other sponsorships from the United Cricket Board before, not benefit clubs in the disadvantaged communities,” said forum chairman Michael Booi.
He said at no stage had the issue of sponsorship, including franchises, been put on the table and discussed with the forum.
“We black cricketers have always been excluded as far as allocating funds to poor clubs, especially in the townships, is concerned.”
He said the Fidentia sponsorship, under the guise of development, was yet another trick aimed at benefiting the rich cricket officials.
The acting chief executive of Cricket Eastern Cape, Greg Hayes, said 30 per cent of the R4,92-million would go towards the development of the amateur feeder unions which include South Western Districts, Eastern Province and Border Kei.
The sponsorship would be split over two seasons.
Fidentia general manager Andrew Tucker said the sponsorship deal entailed ploughing back into the community and assisting with the development of sport at all levels.