St George's Park History
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Unification St George's Park - Chapter 17 - A Unification without Western Province Cricket Board (SACBOC)
Chapter 17 - A Unification without Western Province Cricket Board (SACBOC)
Harold Wilson

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.


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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