Captain Quota

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Oct 03, 2022, 09:08

After the embarrassment/reality check of going unsold at the T20 auction, our captain fantastic is now on a pair against India.

Surely he must be lying to himself if he thinks that being a top order bat with 1 home field century in the longer format warrants his place in the side…after 87 innings.

So you’d think he’s not a longer format player.

But then you look at his matches played and he’s on 51 tests, 19 ODIs and 27 T20s.

Meaning he has more test caps than ODIs and T20s combined.

One wonders if he buys into the delusions that he’s deserving of a spot in the test side. The moment you ask that question the answers about how hard he works, how respected he is and what a wonderful team man he is come flying at you…as though all of those take a backseat to RESULTS.

Then you look at his comments about how “let down” he feels after going unsold at the recent auction and you begin to see exactly the type of mentality that quota systems breed. It’s clear what he means. He sneakily trying to inject race into it. He believes that because he is the Protea captain, obviously only because he is black, failure to respect his BEE status, is a let down and step backward from racial equity.

My skin color makes me deserving. Let’s remember what Themba said in a recent interview. “People always talk about the bad things that quotas have done. What about the good things?” Meaning we have a sportsman, a national captain, that buys into the idea that color come first and performance comes second. Ask him if he believes that racial discrimination is a good thing and you already know the answer…”No, it’s evil. But to discriminate against whites is justified even though blacks control the entire country, its sporting bodies and every other aspect of life.”

The truth is, with an average university student IQ of 86, many South African blacks are simply not intelligent enough to discern hypocrisy and when they are, their racial bias allows them to unashamedly ignore it.

Quotas create a funny world. One where the players begin to live in a political headspace and see politics and “their right to be selected” as similarly important to what they do on the field.

Bavuma, his recent and very brief purple patch aside, has been a giant nothing in any capacity, in any format, at home or away. So my guess is that he is relying on the inspiration of seeing him as captain to justify his continued involvement with the Proteas.

At the end, one of our national sides has a completely delusional and politics-ridden skipper in charge and he believes, against all the evidence, that he doesn’t need to be as good as his team because he has the right to captain the side.

This is the world that “equity” and discrimination on the basis of skin color creates.

And i don’t think that the majority in SA are even remotely near to being able to figure that out.

Oct 03, 2022, 12:20

So true Plum

Oct 03, 2022, 12:57

Meanwhile, Miller wasn't even considered for captaincy.

Oct 03, 2022, 13:14

Also, Philander, infuriates me that they have to walk around and for one second doubt that they're the best in the world at what they do.

I put Philander very near Kallis in terms of all-rounder. I believe he contributed as much with the ball as Kallis did with the bat and was relied on very heavily down the order as a batsman...very often coming good. One of the best batting averages you'll ever see from a frontline strike bowler. Gold really!

What a damn shame that he should ever have to hear or deal with the word Quota.

"Equity" really is cancerous shit.

Oct 03, 2022, 14:17

Yep, other black players have brought it up before.....

They never really knew if they were picked on ability alone, or because of their pigment.

It's a completely fucked up process, and I have honest and true sympathy for the genuine black players who have had to experience this kind of self doubt..... because nobody should ever have to feel like that.

Oct 04, 2022, 10:13

When last was a South Africa. captain considered the weakest link?

Cronje? Smith? Ab? Faf? Pollock?

Never before…

Yet now we have this from RP Singh;

"Everyone probably knows that their captain Temba Bavuma is the weakest link in their team. Even Riley Rossouw wasn't able to get any runs. Had these two played well, South Africa would have got a better start," said Singh.”

And there you have it. This is the reason he went unsold. Nothing to do with race and everything to do with how his peers rate his skills.

A testament to a government that has never supported sport in any way but uses its power to implement racist policies in national sport.

The proud sporting heritage of SA being sucked dry and tarnished like everything else the ANC and their people touch.

Oct 04, 2022, 16:11

He finally got runs, 3 to be exact, so his average after 3 T20I is 1. 1!!!

They have made it impossible to drop him

I have to agree, his one day stats looks amazing, 46 but was at 50 at one point, but not sure what the win ratio and strike rate was for his ODI captaincy. 

Oct 04, 2022, 18:28

He is a JOKE.

But he has the qualities and connections that match the government's requirements for a Captain.

Black and has family in high places in the ANC.

So what more do we expect.

All going to hell.

Oct 04, 2022, 18:34

I was pleased to see Miller getting his ton in game two and a brilliant knock from Rossouw this today.

What a great sportsman's displayed by the Indian bowler in not running Stubbs out.

Even though this game means zero for the Indians as they have already won the series it is indeed great to see such a sporting attitude from the bowler.

Trust that this is a great learning series for Stubbs.

Oct 05, 2022, 20:50

I would have putt "Baby AB" in the squad and send the Captain packing.  Three from 8 Balls faced  in a series where he batted 3 times fir two ducks - indicates he is a ball wasting batsmen (a sin in shorter versions of the game a deadly sin - what ishe doing on the team.   

In all the squads there were 5 payers with negotiated prior to the auction including also foreign players and although their income was never listed it must be in excess $600 000 - Our captain was not one of the players whose incomes have nit been disclosed - Our Captaon was not amongst those players  - "Baby Ab" is 


Oct 05, 2022, 20:50

Oct 06, 2022, 15:40

I see Magic Bavuma got 8 today.

Such a talent.

11 runs in 4 innings…

Careful, you may just set the world on fire.

Oct 06, 2022, 16:39

Yes and Markram's run with the bat appears to have gone south once more.

No need for Bavuma to set the world on fire Plum he has the top requirement necessary for selection.

The problem is who has the "Balls" to pull the plug on him.

Surely not the "Comrads" running the circus.

Oct 07, 2022, 03:53

There is one aspect which shows us that the idiots ruining cricket in SA could not overcome and that is the new  20/20 series starting in January 2023 and that is the sponsors said no politics will be allowed in the series or they will not find it.

That is why some  SA players like Bavuma did not get bids in the auction.    I was looking at some of our quota selections in the present India series and it again proves that players who succeed are NOT quota selections.          

Oct 07, 2022, 05:18

I was looking at some of our quota selections in the present India series and it again proves that players who succeed are NOT quota selections.       

Name the quota selections.

Oct 08, 2022, 17:28

Unfortunately players such as Rabada, Petersen and Ngidi who gained selection on merit for example all fall under the "Quota" umbrella.

Exactly what happened to Philander.

It's not the players fault but a political directive that has been handed down that is the issue.

Just how many more players will be saddled with this  "Title" is  unfortunate for the players involved.

30 odd years and we are still plagued with history and revenge.


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