CSA steps back from affirmative action policy on hiring consultants

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Decision to only use non-white consultants had seen Jacques Kallis poached by England

CSA’s affirmative action policy for hiring consultants has been placed in abeyance by the interim board, which also suspended new transformation targets last month. That means that South Africa can make use of white consultants should they wish too, although it may be too late to recover the services of Jacques Kallis who has signed a short-term deal with England.

“The entire document adopted by the previous board has been put on hold. We are taking legal advice regarding the document and whatever obligations CSA had in terms of it,” Judith February, interim board member, told ESPNcricinfo.

The document February referred to was presented by the old board to South Africa’s parliament in August and also detailed tougher transformation targets that would have required the national team to field seven players of colour including at least three black Africans. The interim board, which is due to remain in place until the end of January, has reverted the transformation targets to what they have been since implementation in the 2015-16 season (six players of colour of which at least two must be black African on average over the course of a season) and may introduce a different policy before the tenure ends in February.

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