St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
St George's Park - Chapter 12 - Hassan Howa's Term of Office
Chapter 12 - Hassan Howa's Term of Office
Hassan Howa, who assumed the SACBOC presidency in 1970, responded “We don’t ask to play together at club level as suggested by Mr Waring. We merely ask for South African teams to be chosen on merit. What I foresee is a single Western Province Association to which all clubs, White and Black, belong. They will play inter-club matches. Inter-provincial teams will be chosen from these players in the senior divisions exactly as is now the case in their existing associations - White and Black.”
During the early 1970’s, D’Oliviera futilely acted as a facilitator between SACA and SACBOC. In 1972 the two bodies held talks for the first time. SACBOC propagated a single national body while SACA took its cue from existing Government policy. SACBOC declined, during the 1972-3 season, to compete against the Derrick Robins XI led by Brian Close.
SACA’s attempt to establish a trust fund for SACOBOC was also rejected. SACA in turn solicited the assistance of the SAACB to establish the Cricket Council of South Africa. Each affiliate would retain its own identity. SACBOC spurned the Cricket Council of South Africa and advocated the view that its establishment was to assist SACA to regain its international status.
Howa stated that SACA should commit itself to a three-year moratorium but the latter declined to respond. SACBOC propagated mixed cricket at Currie Cup level while SACA concentrated on SACBOC’s affiliation to the Cricket Council of South Africa. SACA also stated that mixed cricket was counter to the laws of the State.
When Boon Wallace became SACA’s president in 1973 he stated that he did not want to upset the Government by encouraging multi-racial cricket because such matches would be a contravention of the Group Areas Act, the Separate Amenities Act and the consumption of liquor on public premises.
SACA introduced a double-wicket competition in 1973 and targeted black cricketers to participate. Howa was also requested to allow D’Oliviera to take part. SACBOC was also invited to send players to the tournament. SACBOC made two conditions for participation.
a) Each SACBOC player should partner a white player.
b) Seating should be integrated.
The conditions were rejected.
Although SACA and SACBOC were involved in a war of words in the media, they continued to talk to each other. On March 25, 1973, Hassan Howa (SACBOC), Boon Wallace (SACA), and HM Butshing (SAACB) met in Cape Town to discuss merit selection and South Africa’s re-admission to the International Cricket Conference. They debated issues for three hours and resolved to investigate the effects of the Group Areas Act on the game, the provision of satisfactory facilities for cricketers as well as a system of play for the new setup. Three years elapsed before the next meeting.