Bangladesh tour biggest challenge yet

  The Proteas play Bangladesh at home in all three formats of the international game during July starting with a T20 international on the Sunday the 5th of July. This tour, especially the ODI series, will be their most difficult assignment in Bangladesh yet. In recent times Bangladesh has shown that they are maturing into a force in international cricket. There is no doubt that they have gone past the once great West Indies as a cricketing nation. They enjoyed a very good 2015 Cricket World Cup (CWC) in Australia where they qualified for the quarter-finals.  Also, they recently easily beat Pakistan and India at home in ODI series. They have become a formidable team in ODI’s at home. The Proteas have rested some key players, like AB de Villiers for the Test series and Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander for the ODI series.   The ODI squad, especially, will be … Continue reading

Can cricket be “sledgeless”?

 On 4 January 2013 the New Zealand dressing-room at Newlands was a very sombre place.  The Proteas had just thrashed them inside three days by an innings and 27 runs.  It was, however, a turning point in the history of New Zealand cricket.  In the aftermath, captain Brendon McCullum and coach Mike Hesson had a “never and never again” moment and agreed on a set of principles of how they want the team to play.  The rest of the Black Caps bought into their plan and the duo has since led New Zealand to lofty heights. A key principle of the McCullum / Hesson plan was that sledging would be totally taboo.  They will play hard, aggressive cricket but without resorting to any sort of verbal abuse of opposition players.  The approach has apparently served them well because it has taken New Zealand to a first ever World Cup final … Continue reading

South Africa cricket needs to finalise transformation

  South African cricket unified in 1992 when the then South African Cricket Board and South African Cricket Union amalgamated to form the United Cricket Board (UCB). In 1998 the UCB embarked on a transformation policy and it was agreed that each provincial team would have a quota of at least three players of “colour”. This programme worked well and resulted in many quality players of “colour” representing the Proteas and the eleven provincial teams. Seventeen years later the quota has been increased to six players of “colour” for each of the six franchise teams and with regard the national team, a very loose arrangement of four. Cricket South Africa (CSA) calls them targets but in fact they are quotas as they are legislated and any team failing to comply is fined. So the question is what is a transformed Proteas team and when will South African cricket be normalised? … Continue reading

Sport and Politics in South Africa: Then and Now

  On 27 May the soccer world was rocked by the corruption allegations and subsequent arrests of top FIFA officials following a major international investigation.  An FBI indictment inter alia alleged corruption in the selection of South Africa as the 2010 World Cup host.  One of those indicted, former FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner of the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad & Tobago, allegedly solicited US$10 million in bribes from the South African government to host the 2010 World Cup.  According to the indictment, Warner directed a number of co-conspirators to arrange the payment, which was eventually sent from a FIFA account in Switzerland to a Bank of America account in New York that Warner controlled. Ten days later the South African Football Association (SAFA) eventually responded to the allegations.  Its press release read:  “The Association is alarmed by the narrative that has developed around its strong support for the South … Continue reading

Reeza Hendricks signs with One World of Sport

  One World of Sport is very proud to announce that the signing of the South African opening batsman Reeza Hendricks. The 25-year old Hendricks, a right-handed batsman, made his international debut against Australia last year in Adelaide in a T20 international.  He has since played four more T20 internationals for the Proteas.  He has a highest T20I score of 49. Last month, Hendricks was included in the South African test squad for the first time in his career for the tour to Bangladesh in July.  After the Bangladesh series, Hendricks will join the SA ‘A’ four-day and 50-over squads for a tour of India in August. Hendricks has played all his domestic cricket for the Knights.  His record reads as follows: First-class:  93 matches; 5,167 runs; highest score 157; average 34.44; strike rate 51.66; 10 hundreds & 25 fifties. List A:  90 matches;  2,936 runs; highest score 181; average … Continue reading

One World of Sport clients shine at CSA awards

At Cricket South Africa’s gala banquet in Midrand on Wednesday night, three cricketers represented by One World of Sport were rewarded for their achievements during the 2014/15 season. The big winner among them was the Cobras fast bowler Dane Paterson.  Not only did his fellow-professionals vote for him as the Domestic Players’ Player of the Season, he also received the South African Cricketers’ Association’s Most Valuable Player award for 2014/15.  The awards capped off a memorable week for Paterson, who earlier received national recognition for the first time when he was selected for the SA ‘A’ squad to tour India in July and August. Also receiving awards were Robin Peterson, the Momentum One-Day Cup Player of the Season, and Keegan Petersen, the Momentum National Club Championships Player of the Tournament. Elsewhere, at the post-season prize-giving functions of the Titans and Northerns, Theunis de Bruyn and Heinrich Klaasen also received awards.  … Continue reading

South African cricket needs a broader domestic base

  South African cricket needs a bigger professional competition if it is to remain competitive in world cricket. This was recognised by Andrew Hudson, the outgoing convenor of selectors, when he called for two additional franchises. Cricket South Africa (CSA) abandoned the eleven team provincial system after the 2003/04 season that had served South African cricket for over a hundred years. They replaced it with a six team franchise system along the lines of Australian domestic cricket. The reason was to close the perceived gap between the international and the professional game ensuring better equipped players for the national team. This decision never took into consideration the transformation policy of South African cricket and reduced the opportunities for black and white cricketers alike. It also did not take into account that it abandoned cricket brands that were over a hundred years old. CSA then tried to build new domestic brands … Continue reading

The world’s most marketable athletes

  This week SportsPro, one of the world’s leading sport business and media companies, published its sixth edition of “The World’s 50 Most Marketable Athletes”. The study aims to measure athletes’ marketing potential over the next three years.  The hypothetical question being asked is which athlete would give brands the best return on their outlay if signed to an endorsement deal over that period.  Athletes are measured against six critical yardsticks:  Value for money, age, home market appeal, charisma, willingness to be marketed and cross-over appeal. The first ten athletes on this year’s list are Eugenie Bouchard, Neymar, Jordan Spieth, Missy Franklin, Lewis Hamilton, Virat Kohli, Stephen Curry, Kei Nishikori, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Usain Bolt.  South Africa has no representative on the list. The list also credits each athlete’s management company and his/her key partners (i.e. major sponsors).  From an athlete management and marketing point of view this is the … Continue reading

Awards for One World of Sport clients

Several cricketers represented by One World of Sport have in the post-season been rewarded for their achievements during the 2014/15 season. Top of the list is Cobras fast bowler, Dane Paterson. At the Cobras’ recent awards ceremony Paterson received no fewer than three awards. He claimed the franchise’s ultimate accolade of Player of the Year, as well as the Players’ Player of the Year (as decided by his teammates) and the prize for first-class cricket, the Sunfoil Series Player of the Year. In addition Paterson also ended the season in the number 1 spot on the South African Cricketers’ Association’s “Most Valuable Player” ranking. He will receive his award for this achievement at Cricket South Africa’s annual awards ceremony on 3 June. Warriors all-rounder Jon Jon Smuts received two awards from the franchise for his achievements in T20 cricket this season. Smuts was crowned T20 Batsman and T20 Bowler of … Continue reading

England can’t afford Kevin Pietersen

  Kevin Pietersen has scored the most runs across all three formats of the game in the history of English cricket. He has played a combined 277 times for his adopted country and scored 13,797 runs. He also won player of the World T20 when England secured their only ICC Trophy in the Caribbean. Pietersen has a great record and made a fantastic contribution towards English cricket. However, England can no longer afford to pick him because of his flawed personality. His autobiography released in 2014 tells of a man who has been in conflict with cricket authorities, coaches, captains and teammates his whole career. The chickens have come home to roost and his past has caught up with him. The England Cricket Board (ECB) have simply had enough of him and rightfully so. Pietersen has been involved in conflict with Cricket South Africa, the ECB, Nottinghamshire, Hampshire, Peter Moores, … Continue reading