Dr Eugenia Kula-Ameyaw urges compensation for players, through a potential Restoration Fund.
By James Braham
This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 10 of VARSITY News.
The independent director and transformation chair for Cricket South Africa (CSA), Dr Eugenia Kula-Ameyaw, intends to restore financial obligations to current and former players who were victims of racial abuse during their tenure under CSA’s leadership.
The newly appointed transformation Ombudsman, Dumisa Ntsebeza, has a critical role to play in the process surrounding the potential establishment of a players Restoration Fund. Ntsebeza will fulfil the duty of listening to the complaints of former and current players, and reaching a verdict based on the circumstance.
Interestingly, it is notable that the financial obligations to fulfil this intended fund cannot come from CSA alone. Dr Kula-Ameyaw has admitted that there will be a delay in the process due to the areas of raising funds for these players and coming to a verdict on each case. She states, “We’ve got to still raise the funds to see how we are going to restore. There are a lot of companies, even government, that is ready to restore people” … “It could even be after a year because the ombudsman will take a few months to set up and deal with complaints”.
The reinforced commitment to focus on transformation also gives current players the opportunity to voice their complaints on a ‘targeting’ system. According to The South African, Dr Kula-Ameyaw added that, “Players who see themselves as victims of the current target system which requires franchise teams to field a minimum of six players of colour of which three must be black African, could also approach the ombudsman.”
Dr Kula-Ameyaw made further ground on the need to expand the diversification of the sport. According to Sport24, the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) wrote a statement to the International Cricket Council (ICC), reporting CSA for “straying from the values of the ICC” and implementing a “blatantly racist policy” that “violated the ICC’s Anti-Discrimination Policy”. Since the statement, Dr Kula-Ameyaw has made it known that she would be willing to engage with the ICC on measures surrounding diversity within the sport of cricket.