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South Africa great Barry Richards believes AB de Villiers should give up the South Africa's one-day captaincy if he decides to prolong his international career. One of the outstanding batsmen of his generation, the 33-year-old de Villiers headed home ...and...

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England v South Africa: Rob Key and Bob Willis pick first Test XIs

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England vs South Africa 2017: Jake Ball ruled out of 1st Test

Cricket Country - 3 hours ago
Paceman Jake Ball piled on the problems for England's bowling attack on Thursday when he was ruled out of the first Test with South Africa because of a knee strain. The 26-year-old suffered the injury playing for Nottinghamshire in the County ...and...

County cricket: Essex v Middlesex and more day-nighters – live!

The Guardian - 4 hours ago
During that time South Africa moved to 58 for one from 20 overs after the morning loss of Dean Elgar. Hashim Amla and Heino Kuhn moved to 16 and 30 respectively during that mini-session, with Liam Plunkett (or rather, his team-mates behind the stumps) ...and...

Luus could be a star at the ICC's Women's World Cup

Pretoria East Rekord - 4 hours ago
Sune Luus's exploits on cricket pitches around the world are a testimony to it. This year the former pupil of Hoërskool Menlopark received Cricket South Africa's women's player of the year award. Last year the Tuks cricketer was named in the ICC Women ...and...

Jason Behrendorff in a tough spot but cricket great Justin Langer 'will be amazed' if Australia A tour is boycotted

Brisbane Times - 4 hours ago
Test cricket great Justin Langer is certain Cricket Australia's 'A' tour to South Africa will go ahead and provide a huge boost to Canberra product Jason Behrendorff's Test ambitions. Langer "will be amazed" if the tour is boycotted and says common ...and...

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#PROTEACAPTURE - Gupta Tentacles In Cricket: What The Proteas Look Like – WATCH!

EDINBURGH — Two years ago few people had heard of the Gupta family. Today it is apparent that the Gupta family tentacles stretch deep into government and political circles as well as South Africa’s social fabric. The name of the Gupta family has become synonymous with the rule of the ANC under President Jacob Zuma, however a state capture strategy indicates that the Gupta brothers have been courting many people over more than a decade in order to secure access to the levers of power. In this video, investigative journalists with News24 highlight the role of the Gupta family in South African cricket. They show how South African cricketers were paraded in India, drawing strong reactions from at least one cricket star. – Jackie Cameron

The Gupta family’s grip on Cricket South Africa (CSA) was so firm in the mid-2000s that they managed to drag the Proteas to their hometown during one of the national team’s tours to India.

Exclusive video footage obtained by News24 shows how current and former cricket stars such as Makhaya Ntini, AB de Villiers and Graeme Smith were paraded around Saharanpur – where Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta hail from – in the middle of the team’s tour to the subcontinent at the end of 2005.

The Proteas were paraded around town on horse-drawn carriages and were even made to wear traditional Indian headwear.

How Guptas captured Proteas: Links highlighted in book - "The Republic Of Gupta - A Story Of State Capture' by Pieter-Louis Myburgh

The book by Pieter-Louis Myburgh highlights that “as passionate cricket supporters struggled to come to terms with the name changes of their near-sacred cricket grounds, the Guptas decided to discharge a little public relation magic to try to win the fans’ hearts”.

“To help them, they formed a somewhat unlikely alliance with Graeme Smith, at the time South Africa’s national cricket captain,” reports IOL in a book review.

At the official announcement of the deal, Sahara Computers introduced Smith as the company’s new “brand ambassador”, says IOL.

“The relationship between Sahara and Smith would last for the greater part of the Proteas captain’s career. In 2009, Smith released his book, A Captain’s Diary, at a function held at the Newlands cricket ground. According to a promotional board photographed at the event, Sahara was the ‘official book sponsor’.

“In a video from the event, a somewhat obsequious Smith, not known among the sporting press for his modesty, can be seen literally bowing his head to his paymasters at Sahara.

“You just heard that the relationship (between Smith and Sahara) has been going for five years and they’ve been an integral part of those five years. To Mr Gupta (bows head) and Gary (Naidoo), thank you very much,” says Smith, standing in front of a Sahara placard.”

Smith was not the only Proteas star roped in by the Guptas for marketing purposes, notes IOL.

“In December 2004, teammates Shaun Pollock, Jacques Kallis, Makhaya Ntini, Boeta Dippenaar, Jacques Rudolph, Martin van Jaarsveld and Neil McKenzie all signed on to become ‘brand representatives’ of Sahara.

“By the end of 2005, the Guptas’ grip on the Proteas and CSA was so firmly established that the family managed to make significant alterations to the team’s schedule for a tour to India that November,” reports IOL.

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