Cricket South Africa (CSA) and some former prominent players such as Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers have been accused of engaging in racially “prejudicial behavior” against players by the Social Justice and Community Building Commission. nation (SJN).
According to ‘ESPNcricinfo’, a 235-page final report submitted by SJN commission chief Dumisa Ntsebeza accused the CSA administration, former captain and current manager Smith, current head coach Mark Boucher and the former Villiers hitter of unfair discrimination against black players.
De Villiers, a much-admired South African cricket figure who recently retired, has denied the accusation.
âI support the goals of CSA’s social justice and nation-building process, to ensure equal opportunity in cricket,â he tweeted.
âHowever, in my career I have expressed honest opinions about cricket only based on what I thought was best for the team, never based on anyone’s race. .
The report recommended the appointment of a permanent ombudsman to deal with complaints based on race and gender in South African cricket. The report also recommended that the CSA put in place an anonymous grievance policy.
The issue emerged after Boucher and former spinner Paul Adams testified that the latter was given a nickname, which had racial overtones, by his national teammates, including the current head coach.
The SJN commission report also mentioned the non-selection of Thami Tsolekile to the national team following Boucher’s retirement in 2012.
“The panel’s decision was totally irrational and showed clear signs of systemic racism,” the report said, according to the website.
“The CSA, Mr. Graeme Smith and some of the coaches of the day really failed Mr. Tsolekile and many black players of that era in a lot of ways.”
The allegations against de Villiers were based on his handling of Khaya Zondo when he was part of the South African ODI team which toured India in 2015. He was not selected to the team when JP Duminy was injured for the last game of the series.
Instead of Zondo, Dean Elgar, who was part of the test team, played in this match. The report said this had been done “just to ensure that a black player was not placed in a position that he considered to require more experience.”
Boucher had admitted that he was among those who sang a song that included the insult he had already apologized for, saying white players in South Africa were unprepared for the realities of the dynamics of post-apartheid team.
CSA said the SJN process, which was originally scheduled to last four months but was extended to over six months, cost the organization US $ 500,000, but found it to be “both necessary and productive.”