More Embarrassment for Cricket South Africa as It Drops Racism Charges Against Proteas Head Coach Mark Boucher

More Embarrassment for Cricket South Africa as It Drops Racism Charges Against Proteas Head Coach Mark Boucher

  • Troubled Cricket South Africa has had to deal with yet another ignominious embarrassment as it lurches from crisis to crisis
  • This time, the country's cricket governing body has been forced to apologise to under-fire Proteas head coach Mark Boucher
  • This is after the organisation charged Boucher for alleged racial discrimination against former teammate Paul Adams

Cricket South Africa is having to wipe egg off its face yet again.

This time, CSA has withdrawn all charges it levelled against Proteas mens coach Mark Boucher. He was charged by the organisation for gross misconduct amid startling revelations and allegations made at the Social Justice Network hearings.

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South African mens national cricket team coach Mark Boucher.
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As reported on EWN, this involved alleged racial discrimination experienced by former Proteas teammate Paul Adams. The former wicketkeeper acknowledged being part of a naïve team environment and apologised for joining in with teammates in singing offensive songs or using offensive nicknames.

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He was also accused of having played a nefarious role in former Proteas assistant coach Enoch Nkwe last year. While Nkwe and Adams did not testify at the hearings, the latter did accept an apology from Boucher.

CSA considered these developments, along with the exoneration of Graeme Smith and concluded that there was no basis to sustain the charges against Boucher.

CSA chief executive officer Pholetsi Moseki said:

"CSA appreciates that it has been very difficult for Mark to deal with these charges hanging over his head over the last few months. CSA regrets this. CSA is also appreciative of the fact that Mark has at all times conducted himself properly and professionally – refusing to be drawn into public debates about the charges and carrying out his duties with commitment and dedication.
"The performance of the Proteas Men’s team over this period has been extremely impressive, particularly in the Test arena, and this speaks to the efforts of Mark, his support staff and the players."

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This comes not long after former Proteas captain and former CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith was similarly exonerated of alleged racial discrimination, IOL reported.

Proteas coach Mark Boucher seemingly safe despite ominous racism charges hanging over his head

Mark Boucher will be at the helm of the Proteas until further notice, starting with next month's tour of New Zealand.

Cricket South Africa last week levelled charges of gross misconduct last week against Boucher in connection with alleged racist behaviour that rocked South African cricket, Sports Brief reported.

However, it was reported that it was business as usual as CSA announced a 17-man squad that will head to Australasia to do battle against the Black Caps. CSA convenor of selectors Victor Mpitsang made the announcement via a media statement, which telling mentioned Boucher without any hint of trouble.

Source: Sports Brief News