Johannesburg. Cricket South Africa has withdrawn all allegations of abuse, including racism, against national coach Mark Boucher. A week later, Boucher was to present his case in disciplinary action. Former wicket-keeper batsman Boucher was accused of racist behavior, due to which he could also be removed from the post of coach. Former South African cricketer Paul Adams accused him of singing racist derogatory lyrics during team meetings and after matches.
CSA said that Adams and former South Africa assistant coach Enoch Ankwe decided not to appear at next week’s hearing, after which all the allegations appeared to be baseless. Boucher said in a statement, ‘The allegations of racism leveled against me are unwarranted and I am deeply hurt by this.’
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He said, ‘The last few months have been very difficult for me and my family. I am happy that all this is coming to an end and the CSA has accepted that the allegations against me are baseless. I understand that the matter is now over and I do not wish to make any further statement in this matter.
45-year-old Boucher said, ‘I am focusing on my work which is to take the South Africa team to new heights.’ Boucher, who played 467 international matches in his career, was given a 7-page chargesheet in January by the CSA in which he was also accused of hurting the reputation of the game by racist behavior.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : May 10, 2022, 16:23 IST