Tue, 29 Sep 2020

SPECIAL REPORT | How and why AB de Villiers blocked Khaya Zondo's Proteas selection in 2015

Without naming any names, Zondeki continued to relate a personal experience of where one of the coaches told him he would only play for the Proteas if he replaced Ntini. Zondeki emphasised this was purely his interpretation and he wasn't sure if it was racially-implied.

"I had a confrontation with one of the coaches, I'm not going to name any names, it's not about them, it's about the stories. It happened after I had a really good season with the Cobras. I don't know how he meant it when he said it to me, but I took it as I'm just there to replace another black guy and that's how it felt when he said it. Those weren't his words, that's how I interpreted it. I was having a really good season, surely I could play with Makhaya in the same team if someone else was injured or going through a bad patch? It was pretty much 'when Makhaya's done, you'll be next in line'."

Zondeki went on to play six Tests, 13 ODIs and 1 T20 for the Proteas between 2002-2008.

The Black Lives Matter movement's traction began when Proteas fast bowler Lungi Ngidi stated that he would take the matter into Proteas the dressing room.

This received backlash from ex-South African cricketers Rudi Steyn, Pat Symcox and Boeta Dippenaar, who

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