St George's Park History
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Unification St George's Park - Chapter 31 - Merger of the WPCB and WPCU
Chapter 31 - Merger of the WPCB and WPCU
Harold Wilson

At the commencement of unity talks since 1972, WPCB (SACBOC) participated at national level but had difficulty with WPCU (SACA) to establish a platform from which to propel the unification process. The divergent views of the parties concerned were the major stumbling blocks. WPCB viewed normal cricket as a means to destroy apartheid while WPCU held the view that normal cricket could only be attained if sanctioned by the Government. It also believed that it was an evolutionary process. WPCB, a staunch affiliate of SACOS, became disillusioned and resolved in September, 1976, that they would not be a party to the unification process. They decided to scuttle not only Rashid Varachia’s unification attempt, but also to rescue SACBOC from his clutches. This they did by being the prime mover to establish the South African Cricket Board (SACB).

The SACOS - NSC conflict for the soul of the sports organisations of the oppressed impacted negatively on SACOS and made inroads into its core-base, WPCB. Some of its administrators believed that the NSC had become the sporting wing of the liberatory organisations.

Percy Sonn, who had become a NSC convert, was elected as president of the WPCB on January 13, 1991. He succeeded in the acceptance of a resolution to review and rescind its affiliation to SACOS. This resolution paved the way for WPCB to affiliate to the NSC.

On January 20, 1991, the WPCB resolved to proceed with unification with the WPCU.

The national unification process took a step nearer to the actual thing when a SACB XI played against a SACU XI at Buffalo Park in East London.

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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