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    The International Cricket conference begins in London on Monday (July 19) to discuss, among other vital points, the future of South African cricket teams in international matches.

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    The International Cricket conference begins in London on Monday (July 19) to discuss, among other vital points, the future of South African cricket teams in international matches. Delegates from the world's major world cricket--the Committee Room at Lord's in London.

    At stake is a proposed tour by the South African cricket team of Australia and New Zealand later this year. During their deliberations the international governing body will take into account the string of demonstrations and political pressures which have followed the South African cricket--and ruby--teams during their recent foreign tours. Last year the M.C.C. called off a proposed tour of England by the South Africans after a massive anti-apartheid campaign, spearheaded by Mr. Peter Hain--21-year-old leader of the British anti-apartheid movement.

    The South African Rugby team--the Springboks--is at present in Australia--and their tour has been marked by violent demonstrations and massive police precautions. The Premier of one state--Queensland-has declared a state of emergency in an attempt to counter the demonstrations.

    This Visnews Library film shows the results of the present South African rugby tour of Australia, and last year's rugby tour of England. It also includes shots of demonstrators outside Lord's Cricket Ground in London and film of Mr. Peter Hain and the Secretary of the Cricket Council, Mr. Billy Griffith.

    SYNOPSIS: The South African Rugby team--the Springboks--take the field for their match in Melbourne, Australia. As the Australian players took to the field and the match started, hundreds of demonstrators, protesting against the racial policies of the South African Government, let loose a hail of abuse...and missiles.

    This scene is typical of most recent matches played in Australia and the United Kingdom by the South African Rugby team.

    Thousands of jeering demonstrators turn the match into a farce. Now the international future of South Africa's other major sport--cricket--is at stake. The International Cricket Conference begins in London on Monday. Among other things, delegates will decide if the tour scheduled for later this year should take place.

    Last year's proposed tour of Britain by the South African cricketers was called off after a series of demonstrations throughout the United Kingdom.

    The demonstrations were led by year-old student and anti-apartheid campaigner, Peter Hain.

    The man who announced the M.C.C. capitulation, was Cricket Council Secretary, Mr. Billy Griffith.

    But unlike the M.C.C. the british Rugby Union authorities insisted on running the South African Rugby tour. Their insistence was rewarded with massive and violent demonstrations wherever the match were played. At many of the ??? demonstrators outnumbered the Rugby supporters.

    The motion condemning the South African racial system has been placed before the international cricket body by the West Indians. If it fails, there is little also in anyone's mind that the South African cricketers in Australian will provoke scenes reminiscent of this demonstration in the English city of Leicester last year. There is little doubt also in cricket circles that the proposed Australian tour is off. Cricket--unlike Rugby--cannot be played in the midst of a riot situation.

    But whatever the decision of the governing body, there is now little doubt that whatever is now little doubt that whatever country the South African tourists visit, it will place a heavy strain on the law enforce a heavy strain on the law enforcement facilities--well as the political conscience.

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