South Africa: Racial 'targets' for national cricket team

JOHANNESBURG (AP) The South African cricket federation is introducing rules to have a certain number of non-white players on its national team.

Cricket South Africa says it is formalizing the policy, previously an unwritten rule that the national team would never field an all-white lineup.

It's the latest development in a long debate in South Africa over how to redress the balance in top-level sport after non-whites were excluded during the apartheid years.

CSA says it has approved ''in principle'' the decision to introduce race ''targets'' for all its national teams. It says the ''precise targets'' will be decided after work to determine ''what is realistic and sustainable.''

South Africa has rules in place in its national cricket competitions that require teams to select a certain number of non-whites.