Racial quota 'hurting Proteas cricket'

12:00 pm on 26 February 2015

The former Proteas player Clive Rice believes the racial quota in the game in South Africa is hurting their chances of winning the Cricket World Cup.

South Africa celebrate a wicket against West Indies on 16 January in Durban.

Photo: PHOTOSPORT

One of the pre-tournament favourites, South Africa's stocks have fallen after suffering a 130-run loss to India in Melbourne last night.

There is a racial quota in South African domestic cricket, while the national side is encouraged to have players of colour.

Rice, a former all-rounder, believes South Africa doesn't have its best side at the World Cup.

"The team's selected because you've got quotas still being put forward in the team and as a result I just feel really sorry for AB deVilliers as a captain and having to deal with all those issues and not say anything about it."

He believes winning the World Cup with the best players would do a lot more for the game in South Africa than having racial quotas.

Rice says that was shown when South Africa won the Rugby World Cup in 1995.

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