South Africa have handed a Test debut to right-handed batsman Pieter Malan for the second match against England as a replacement for the injured Aiden Markram. Although Malan’s stats in domestic cricket are impressive with a first-class average of 45.16, his selection is contentious in light of the racial quotas system in place in Proteas cricket.
The 30-year-old’s inclusion in the team for the second Test ahead of Temba Bavuma prolongs South Africa’s troubles with meeting the transformation targets. The racial quota rule dictates that the playing XI for the Proteas must feature at least six players of colour including two black cricketers.
However, South Africa’s team in Cape Town has only one black player out of a total of four people of colour. This will attract criticism of the new South Africa cricket administration and reignite the debate of meritocracy over racial quotas.