St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
St George's Park - Chapter 11 - South African Cricket Association's Attempts to Secure Tours
Undeterred by these setbacks, South Africa attempted to tour Australia in 1971. Jack Cheetham approached, without permission, two SACBOC players - namely Dik Abed and Owen Williams to join his team. He did not even approach the players personally and the proposition was contemptuously rejected by both players.
In 1971 Colin Cowdrey attempted to bring a mixed team to South Africa which would play separate Black and White national teams. SANROC spurned the idea and influenced Basil D’Oliviera to distance himself from the venture.
Also in 1971, Frank Waring, the Minister of Sport, declared “If cricketers from club level upwards declared ‘were . . . to state that they were in favour of racially integrated cricket and their authorities came to me and stated that this was the position, then I am fully prepared to take this matter to Cabinet.”