St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Unification St George's Park - Chapter 6 - The Establishment of the South African Cricket Board of Control
Chapter 6 - The Establishment of the South African Cricket Board of Control
Harold Wilson

In 1945 the South African Indian Cricket Union called on the cricket fraternity to establish a single national body to control cricket. In July 1947 the South African Cricket Board of Control was established. At this stage an umbrella body comprising of the SAICU, SACCA, (former South African Independent Cricket Board) and the SABCB.

The inaugural meeting was held in Johannesburg. Initially the South African Coloured Cricket Board was excluded from SACBOC but later allowed to affiliate on condition that itís name was changed to the South African Malay Cricket Board.

SACBOC affiliates competed for the Dadabhay Brothers Trophy. The first three biennial tournaments were staged in Johannesburg from 1951-55 and the last in Cape Town in 1958. The main criticism of these tournaments was the inability of SACBOC to promote racial harmony among the players and spectators.

A factor that promoted the idea of unification at club level to create stronger provincial cricket unions was the result of the 1948 general elections and the determination of the newly elected government to deprive disadvantaged people of the few basic human rights they were privileged to enjoy.

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Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Discrimination Rears its Ugly Head
Chapter 3 - Establishment of the South African Coloured Cricket Board
Chapter 4 - Splintering of the South African Coloured Cricket Board
Chapter 5 - National Political Influences and World War II
Chapter 6 - The Establishment of the South African Cricket Board of Control
Chapter 7 - Change Racial Affiliation to Single Provincial Affiliation
Chapter 8 - In Search of International Competition
Chapter 9 - The Basil D'Oliviera Affair
Chapter 10 - Prime Minister John Vorster Reacts
Chapter 11 - South African Cricket Association's Attempts to Secure Tours
Chapter 12 - Hassan Howa's Term of Office
Chapter 13 - The Advent of SACOS
Chapter 14 - SACBOC's Application to ICC for Associate Membership
Chapter 15 - Dr Piet Koornhof's Attempt to Normalise Cricket
Chapter 16 - In Search of Unity
Chapter 17 - A Unification without Western Province Cricket Board (SACBOC)
Chapter 18 - Unification Hampered by Problems
Chapter 19 - The Establishment of a New Non-Racial Cricket Body
Chapter 20 - SACU's Inability to Regain Admission to International Cricket
Chapter 21 - Double Standards Resolution of SACOS
Chapter 22 - Boycotts Became a Powerful Weapon
Chapter 23 - Frank Brache and Hassan Howa
Chapter 24 - The Demise of Howa's Role in Cricket
Chapter 25 - SACOS versus the NSC
Chapter 26 - The Mike Gatting Tour
Chapter 27 - Thabo Mbeki the Mediator
Chapter 28 - Retraction of Rebel Tours
Chapter 29 - Steve Tswete the Facilitator
Chapter 30 - Declaration of Intent
Chapter 31 - Merger of the WPCB and WPCU
Chapter 32 - Establishment of the United Cricket Board
SA Reaccepted
The John Passmore Week
Nuffield Week
Non-Whites Invite Kiwi Team
Eastern Province Trials on Merit to be Sought