White and coloured cricketers played a match in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday (4 December), reflecting at least minor changes which are taking place in the country's sport laws.
SV Opening batsmen for the multi-racial Crecent team take the field
SV Other team members waiting to bat
TV Batsman scoring runs
SV Members of multiracial team watch
TV Batsmen score two
SV Members of multiracial team sitting with spectators
TV PAN Batsman goes for runs on the offside PAN TO fielder and wicketkeeper executing a run out
CU Multi-racial cricketers watching
TV Multi-racial cricketer caught at short leg
SV & LV Spectators watch as another multi-racial cricketer is clean-bowled (2 shots)
SPORT - CRICKET
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Background: White and coloured cricketers played a match in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday (4 December), reflecting at least minor changes which are taking place in the country's sport laws. The Government recently approved such matches and this was between the white Witwatersrand University first team and the multi-racial Crescent side.
SYNOPSIS: The batting was opened by the Crescents, who are the only South African club team to contain Asian, coloured, black and white players, thus representing the country's four main racial groups, 'Mixed' cricket is part of the south African government's new sports policy which was launched amid high hopes of a major breach in racial segregation in sport. It allows cricket stands to be open to all, and spectators can sit where they like.
However, while there are undoubted concessions, the Minister of Sport, Dr. Piet Koornhof, has made it clear that the government does not intend to stop apartheid in every sport. Even so, since the new policy was announced at the beginning of October some changes have been made. Eight white rugby players have defied orders from their national playing union by taking part in a match between two black sides.
There has been a campaign in South Africa for years now for genuine multi-racial sport, and while there is still a long way to go, for cricket fans at least, it's nearer to fulfilment.