Mark Boucher to Face the Music for Alleged Racism, Timing of CSA Charges Splits Mzansi

Mark Boucher to Face the Music for Alleged Racism, Timing of CSA Charges Splits Mzansi

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
  • Proteas head coach Mark Boucher is in a lot of trouble after Cricket South Africa charged him for "gross misconduct" in connection with alleged racial insensitivity
  • The charges come in the middle of India's pivotal tour to the country, with the Proteas on the verge of a spectacular combined series whitewash of the formidable visitors
  • As such, the timing of CSA charges has torn cricket social media and neutral observers completely down the middle

By the time you read this, South Africa will either have pulled off a monumental Test and One Day International series double win over India, or lost to the visitors.

Amid this excitement, Mark Boucher will be shifting in his chair uncomfortable at Boland Park in Paarl.

graeme smith, mark boucher, enoch nkwe, cricket south africa, blm, india, temba bavuma
Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher in their playing days for South Africa.
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As reported in News24, the Proteas head coach was charged by Cricket South Africa for gross misconduct amid startling revelations and allegations made at the Social Justice Network hearings.

According to ESPN Cricinfo, the charge pertains to his handling of the BLM campaign, his management of former assistant coach Nkwe, and his treatment of then team-mate Adams.

South Africans were split about the timing of the charges, with the Proteas on the verge of history against a formidable Indian team.

@EchbertB said:

"People who defend #MarkBoucher have never been subjected to racism. They’re not outraged about him calling someone a “brown sh*t”. They are more concerned about “context”and timing. I wish they would use the same energy to defend Boucher and show empathy with Paul Adams equally."

@cherylroberts00 said:

"As a player for South Africa, Mark Boucher, SA men’s cricket team coach didn’t believe in black players as international cricketers. For Mark Boucher: white was merit! Today, Mark Boucher is wholly dependent on black players winning a home series for him as a national coach."

@ziwathegreat said:

"The fact that Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher are still not suspended is not surprising at all. CSA kudala yabola."

South Africa secure series win in one-day internationals, beat India by 7 wickets at Boland Park

In other cricket news, South Africa stormed to a crushing series victory against India in the one-day international games, winning the second game by seven wickets, Sports Brief earlier reported.

The Proteas chased down India's 288 with 11 balls to spare to win the match and claim the series with one match to go. Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan got the Proteas off to a perfect start as the pair put on a 132 run partnership for the opening wicket, CricInfo reported.

Quinton de Kock was dismissed for 78 while Malan was later dismissed for 91, Sport24 confirmed. Temba Bavuma, Rassie van der Dussen and Aiden Markram all chipped in as well to see South Africa over the line.

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