Ken Borland
Sports Journalist
4 minute read
17 Jul 2021
8:10 am

SJN hearings: The conundrum around selection needs Solomon’s wisdom

Ken Borland

As excellent a job as ombudsman Advocate Dumisa Ntsebenza and his two colleagues are doing, I do wish they had been given a cricketing expert to assist them.

Proteas bowler Roger Telemachus (right), in action here in 2006, testified this week at the SJN hearings. Picture: Gallo Images

The second week of the Social Justice and Nation-Building Hearings has taken place at Cricket South Africa’s Melrose offices and, with former players giving evidence this week, it is clear that many feelings of discrimination arose from selection matters. Selection in cricket is always a controversial and complex matter because of how many variables are involved in the game. It’s a bit like rugby in that you often don’t just choose your 11 or 15 best individual players. It’s about combinations and, in cricket especially, the balance of the team is so crucial. And that balance has to be fit...