Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Friday took a stand against femicide and violence against women. The cricket body launched its Black Day campaign at the Hollywoodbets Kingsmead Stadium.
South Africa and Australia will face each other in a Twenty20 game at Kingsmead on March 22. Both sides will wear black outfits to support the cause.
Cricket South Africa takes a stand
“As Cricket South Africa we are painfully aware that our country is afflicted by rising numbers of femicide and violent crimes against women,” commented CSA Acting Chief Executive Dr. Jacques Faul.
“CSA wishes to support the fight against this injustice and to use its voice to draw attention to the prevention of gender-based violence by hosting a marquee match for women’s cricket, an event similar in nature to our Standard Bank Proteas Pink ODI and the Pink Sydney Test.”
Africa has faced the wrath of the plague for many years now. Through cricket, the Proteas would send a message to the community and beyond. Gender-based violence took a toll on the continent for ages.
“CSA has termed the event Black Day in line with the colour of the national campaign against gender-based violence as supported by our Government. CSA calls on all to assist us in our endeavour to take a firm stand against this ill that threatens the well-being of our nation and to pledge support of CSA’s Black Day Initiative.” he stated.
In other news, South Africa have postponed their tour of Pakistan due to workload. The Proteas were set to play a 3-match T20I series but many of the Proteas’ cricketers would be having IPL commitments in March and therefore it leaves very little window to recover in time.