St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
St George's Park - Chapter 6 - The Establishment of the South African Cricket Board of Control
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.