St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Unification St George's Park - Chapter 16 - In Search of Unity
Chapter 16 - In Search of Unity
Harold Wilson

Hassan Howa vacated the Presidency of SACBOC in 1974 and was replaced by Rashid Varachia. Varachia invited SACA and SAACB to a summit to be held on January 18, 1976 at the President Hotel in Johannesburg.

The following delegates were present:
SACA: WCB Woodin, ER Hammond, J Pamenski, B Wallace, and D Lewis.
SACBOC: R Varachia, P Naidoo, L Petersen, A Kahn, Garda, and MS Mayet.
ASAACB: M Nyangiwe, L Mlonzi, L Moholo, N Mabunu, F Ngxatu, T Magaciso and D Legwane.

The resolution of intent agreed upon was submitted by WCB Woodin.

(a) “South African Cricket Board of Control, South African African Cricket Board, and South African Cricket Association hereby adopt the principle that cricket in South Africa be played on a normal basis under the controlling aegis of one united governing body in South Africa, the name and constitution of which will be agreed upon as soon as possible. “Normal Cricket” shall mean at this stage participation of and competition between all. Cricket, regardless of race, creed or colour in cricket at club level under one provincial governing body”.

(b) That the South African Cricket Board of Control, South African African Cricket Board and South African Cricket Association, shall forthwith require their provincial authorities to enter into dialogue with their opposite members to give effect to resolution (a).

(c) That a motivating committee consisting of not more than three from each of South African Cricket Board of Control, South African African Cricket Board and South African Cricket Association is hereby appointed to ensure that the resolutions as aforementioned be given effect”.

The nine man committee comprised:
SACA: WCB Woodin, ER Hammond, J L Pamenski.
SACBOC: M R Varachia, P Naidoo, M Segers.
SAACB: M Nyangiwe, L Mlonzi, N Mabunu.

This committee was charged with the task of selling sections a & b of the resolution to their respective provinces. The committee resolved that non-racial cricket would be introduced on October 1, 1976.

Subsequent to the January 1976 meeting Varachia colluded with SACA to sanction a tour to South Africa by the International Wanderers which was managed by Ritchie Benaud and captained by Greg Chappel.

Western Province Cricket Board (SACBOC) vehemently opposed the tour. Hassan Howa, who had resigned in 1975, was enticed by Percy Sonn to make a comeback. He agreed and led a coup by ousting Matt Segers as president of WP Cricket Board (SACBOC).

Segers, who was disenchanted with Varachia because of his support for the International Wanderers tour, tendered his resignation as a member of the Committee of Nine. He was replaced by L Petersen who was the president of Eastern Province Cricket (SACBOC).

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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