St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Unification St George's Park - Chapter 19 - The Establishment of a New Non-Racial Cricket Body
Chapter 19 - The Establishment of a New Non-Racial Cricket Body
Harold Wilson

In March, 1977, sports administrators met at Tills Crescent in Durban and vowed to recapture SACBOC from Rashid Varachia.

On September 25, 1977, WPCB, NCB, EPCA, TCB and GWCB met at Kimberley. They resolved to establish the South African Non-Racial Cricket Committee which was mandated to recapture SACBOC.

At a meeting in Johannesburg on November 13, 1977, it was decided that the entire executive should be elected from the Western Province Cricket Board to save costs. The cricket associations that attended the Tills Crescent meeting were augmented by the South African Senior Schools Sports Association, the South African Primary School Sport Association and South Western Districts Cricket Association. The new national cricket body became the South African Cricket Board. The following officials were elected:

President: Hassan Howa.
V President: Sheik Gamief Booley.
Sec: Wahied Kazi.
Treasurer: Barney Liendertz.
Records Clerk: Lionel Smith.

The new board provided inter-provincial cricket at A & B level as well as for under 21, under 19, and under 16 divisions.

The South African Cricket Board submitted a memorandum to the International Cricket Conference in 1978 in which it was stated that the sports policy statement announced by the Minister of Sport in 1976 continued to take ethnicity into account. A further memorandum was submitted in 1979 in which it described the minimum requirements for non-racial sports. They stated that open membership for all clubs should be a basic requirement. They also propagated the establishment of a single, non-racial controlling body at local, national, and international level. Another requirement was equal opportunities for all sportsmen and sportswomen.

SABCís communication with the ICC successfully blocked SACUís readmission to the international arena. It was, however, unsuccessful when it applied in 1985 for associate membership to the ICC.

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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