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Graeme Smith given clean chit on racism allegations by independent panel

Graeme Smith, former Cricket South Africa (CSA) Director of Cricket has been cleared by two independent arbitrators of racism allegations against him, which emanated from CSA’s Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) process. Smith and current head coach Mark Boucher were among a number of CSA employees implicated in “tentative findings” made by the Social Justice and Nation Building Ombudsman last year into alleged discrimination within the sport’s national governing organisation in the past. Boucher has been accused of racism by former team mate Paul Adams and of sidelining his former assistant coach Enoch Nkwe. He denies both allegations and will face a CSA disciplinary hearing on charges of gross misconduct next month. Former CSA Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith has been cleared ...
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Graeme Smith feels ‘mental strain’ of leading India may be taking toll on Rohit Sharma in IPL | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former South Africa skipper Graeme Smith feels the "mental strain" of leading the Indian team across formats may be taking a toll on Rohit Sharma in the ongoing IPL. Rohit's Mumbai Indians, who have won the IPL a record five times, are yet to open their account in the 15th edition of the lucrative league, having lost all their four matches so far. This after the swashbuckling opener has led India to white-ball series victories against the West Indies and Sri Lanka followed by a Test series at home against the islanders. "This is the first tournament he is captaining MI since becoming India's white-ball captain. Does that mental strain take a toll in the IPL? It's something to consider," Smith was quoted as saying by 'Cricket.com'. Rohit was appointed India's full-time Test capta...
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IPL 2022: Rishabh Pant batting at No. 3 could be the way forward for Delhi Capitals, feels Graeme Smith | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith feels that Rishabh Pant promoting himself to number three in the batting order may be the path Delhi Capitals (DC) should look at in their future matches of IPL 2022. In their six-wicket loss to Lucknow Super Giants on Thursday, Pant struggled to get going at the start before ending up with 39 off 36 balls in his team's below-par 149/3 in 20 overs. Jason Holder and Avesh Khan tied him down with yorkers and slower balls. "Rishabh has got starts in every game...The strike rate hasn't quite happened but everyone needs to be patient. Today (on Thursday) DC needed to rebuild after losing a couple of wickets but true, the strong finish never came. They needed to get to a total of 170-180," Smith was quoted as saying by cricket.com. Asked whethe...
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Will Graeme Smith be able to solve SA players’ IPL impasse before ending stint on March 31? Nortje doubtful | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket board in all likelihood will reach out to CSA's Director of Cricket Graeme Smith to find a middle-of-the-road solution with regards to availability of top South African players in the IPL earlier than April 15. Delhi Capitals could be doubly hurt as Anrich Nortje hasn't bowled a lot since November and it's not clear if CSA's medical team will give him clearance to play in the Indian Premier League. Some of the top South African cricketers are in danger of missing out on three weeks of IPL due to their home series against Bangladesh which includes three ODI and two Tests starting March 18 and ending on April 12. Save for Quinton de Kock, who has retired from Test cricket and will play for Lucknow Supergiants, there is no certainty on whether Proteas pace att...
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Being Temba Bavuma: Captain of ‘People’s’ Republic of South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In 2001, sixth grade students at the prestigious South African College Schools (SACS) in Cape Town were assigned a project -- "Where do I see myself in 15 years?" It was a tiny 11-year-old, whose essay found the pride of place in the school magazine. "I see myself in fifteen years in my suit and shaking (then SA president Thabo) Mr Mbeki's hand congratulating me for making the South African side," sixth grader Temba Bavuma, wrote in his submission. "If I do I would definitely thank my coaches and parents who support me all the way and especially my two uncles who gave me the skills of being one (a Proteas representative)," read the note which was widely carried by local media. For many, it could have merely been musings of an impressionable pre-teen but when in 2016, exactly ...
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Your commitment has set an example: Graeme Smith thanks BCCI for successful South Africa tour | Cricket News – Times of India

CAPE TOWN: South Africa's Director of Cricket, Graeme Smith, has thanked the Indian players and BCCI for showing faith in the hosts' ability to successfully stage matches amid the Covid-19 pandemic, saying their exemplary commitment has "set the example" for others to follow. The BCCI had decided to go ahead with the highly-anticipated tour of South Africa despite growing concern about the spread of the new COVID-19 variant Omicron. India and South Africa played out a successful tour, including three Tests and as many ODIs, that concluded in Sunday. “Big thank you @BCCI @JayShah @SGanguly99 and the Indian players and management for the faith you showed in SA cricket's ability to pull off a safe and successful tour. Your commitment at an uncertain time has set the example that a lot can ...
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Your commitment at an uncertain time has set example: Graeme Smith thanks BCCI for successful tour

South Africa’s Director of Cricket Graeme Smith has thanked the Indian players and BCCI for showing faith in the hosts’ ability to successfully stage matches amid the COVID-19 pandemic, saying their exemplary commitment has “set the example” for others to follow. The BCCI had decided to go ahead with the highly-anticipated tour of South Africa despite growing concern about the spread of the new COVID-19 variant — Omicron, which was first reported in the Rainbow Nation. India and South Africa played out a successful tour, including three Tests and as many ODIs, that concluded in Sunday. Big thank you @BCCI @JayShah @SGanguly99 and the Indian players and management for the faith you showed in SA cricket’s ability to pull off a safe and successful tour. Your commitment at an uncertain tim...
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Mark Boucher disciplinary hearing: Terry Motau appointed chairperson

Cricket South Africa has appointed senior counsel, advocate Terry Motau as the chairperson of the disciplinary hearing into allegations of racism against national head coach Mark Boucher. The appointment has come after Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) in a report in December accused Boucher, former captain and current CSA director Graeme Smith, and former batter AB de Villiers of unfairly discriminating against black players. Allegations of racism were levelled against Boucher by his former Proteas teammate, Paul Adams. The governing body said if the independent inquiry finds Boucher guilty, it “could lead to his dismissal” but also emphasised that “it is important that the independent inquiry first needs to test all allegations before any question of sanction can arise.” In...
India vs South Africa: We just want to focus on our cricket, says Dean Elgar | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa: We just want to focus on our cricket, says Dean Elgar | Cricket News – Times of India

Despite racism saga involving coach Boucher and CSA director Smith, and injuries, SA Test skipper Dean Elgar puts on brave face ahead of India seriesMUMBAI: These are certainly the toughest times that South African cricket has seen since the national team's readmission into international cricket in 1991. For one, the Omicron variant has left their cricket crippled, forcing Cricket South Africa to cancel the T20 Mzansi Super League for the second year running. The CSA then somehow managed to convince the BCCI to not pull India out of the tour, even if the series would be played in empty stadiums. If that wasn't enough, the ghosts of the Apartheid era are threatening to return to haunt the Rainbow Nation, with two of their former cricketing stars, now important cogs in the team's wheel, i...
South Africa focused on beating India despite off-field woes | Cricket News – Times of India
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South Africa focused on beating India despite off-field woes | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: Test captain Dean Elgar says he will not let the allegations of racist conduct that have come to light at Cricket South Africa in recent months become an excuse for failure as his side prepare to host India in a three-match series from Sunday. Director of cricket Graeme Smith, who denies the claims, and national team coach Mark Boucher were among a number of CSA employees implicated in "tentative findings" made by the Social Justice and Nation Building Ombudsman into alleged past discrimination. "What happens off the field for me is irrelevant now," Elgar told reporters on Tuesday. "As a playing unit we have been through such crappy times (amid the COVID-19 pandemic) that we have formulated such a good bond within our group. "We must be mindful that if things are bad off t...
Cricket South Africa to investigate Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher over racism allegations | Cricket News – Times of India
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Cricket South Africa to investigate Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher over racism allegations | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday announced it will launch a formal inquiry into the conduct of current director Graeme Smith and national team's head coach Mark Boucher after reviewing the Social Justice and Nation Building (SJN) Commission report. A 235-page final report submitted by the SJN Commission head Dumisa Ntsebeza had accused CSA administration, former captain and current director Smith, Boucher and former batter AB de Villiers of engaging in racial discrimination. The report alleged that the trio discriminated against the black players by not selecting them in the national team. "The formal inquiries will take place early in the new year. They will include formal inquiries into the conduct of Graeme Smith, the CSA Director of Cricket, and Mark Boucher, the c...
South Africa to investigate Smith and Boucher over racism allegations
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South Africa to investigate Smith and Boucher over racism allegations

Cricket South Africa (CSA) said on Monday that it would formally investigate director of cricket Graeme Smith and national team head coach Mark Boucher following allegations of racist conduct in an ombudsman’s report. The pair were among a number of CSA employees implicated in “tentative findings” made by the Social Justice and Nation Building Ombudsman into alleged discrimination within the sport’s national governing organisation in the past. A number of players of colour came forward to say they had been treated unfairly, with former spinner Paul Adams saying he had been called a “brown shit” in a South Africa team song during his time in the side, including by former wicket-keeper Boucher. Boucher has since apologised. The ombudsman report, submitted to CSA earlier this...
Ex-South Africa captain Graeme Smith rejects charges of racism | Cricket News – Times of India
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Ex-South Africa captain Graeme Smith rejects charges of racism | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: Graeme Smith, South Africa's director of cricket and former Test captain, has hit back through his lawyer at accusations of racial prejudice contained in a report by an ombudsman. David Becker, former International Cricket Council head of legal and Smith's personal lawyer, issued a statement on Friday in which he disputed findings by Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, who headed a Social Justice and Nation Building Commission (SJN) to investigate allegations of racial discrimination in South African cricket. In a report issued on Wednesday, Ntsebeza found that Smith "failed to rebut the presumption of unfair discrimination" in appointing former Test wicketkeeper and long-time team-mate Boucher as head coach of the national team ahead of Enoch Nkwe, a black coach who served briefly ...
AB de Villiers, Graeme Smith accused of engaging in racially prejudicial conduct in SJN commission report
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AB de Villiers, Graeme Smith accused of engaging in racially prejudicial conduct in SJN commission report

Cricket South Africa (CSA) and some top former players such as Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers have been accused of engaging in racially “prejudicial conduct” against players by the Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) commission. According to ‘ESPNcricinfo’, a 235-page final report submitted by the SJN Commission head Dumisa Ntsebeza has accused CSA administration, former captain and current director Smith, current head coach Mark Boucher and former batter de Villiers of unfairly discriminating against black players. De Villiers, a much-admired figure in South African cricket who recently retired, denied the charge. “I support the aims of CSA’s Social Justice and Nation Building process, to ensure equal opportunities in cricket,” he tweeted. “However, in my career, I e...