St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
St George's Park - Chapter 17 - A Unification without Western Province Cricket Board (SACBOC)
Chapter 17 - A Unification without Western Province Cricket Board (SACBOC)
SACA, under WCB Woodin, set the ball in motion with its acceptance of normal cricket and its definition “Normal Cricket shall mean, at this stage, participation of all and competition between all cricketers - regardless of race, creed or colour in cricket at club level, under one controlling body”.
Transvaal (SACBOC) consented to join Transvaal (SACA) in July 1976. SACBOC affiliates in Natal, Eastern Province and Griqualand also joined their SACA counterparts.
WPCB (SACBOC), under Howa, viewed normal cricket as a means of defeating Apartheid while Boon Wallace of WPCU (SACA) insisted that each step should be sanctioned by the Government.
On July 27, 1976, Howa approved a plan for normal cricket to commence on October 1, 1976 under the following conditions:
1) WPCB (SACBOC) would dismantle its structures and link up with the formerly White Western Province Cricket Union.
2) WPCU should accept the principle of normal non-racial cricket from club level upwards.
3) Cricketers who played for WPCB should be eligible for Currie Cup matches.
4) Howa iterated that they had compromised in the interest of cricket.
5) He also seeked the assurance from the Committee of Nine and the Minister of Sport that their players would not be interfered with.