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Boucher says he will respond to racism allegations made against him by Adams

Mahlatse Mphahlele Sports reporter
Mark Boucher is facing an uncertain future as Proteas coach.
Mark Boucher is facing an uncertain future as Proteas coach.
Image: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Proteas coach Mark Boucher says he will respond to the allegations of racism and discrimination that were made against him and other former national team players by erstwhile spinner Paul Adams.

Adams‚ who at some stages during his eight-year international career was the only black player or in the minority in the Proteas set-up‚ appeared before Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Social Justice and Nation Building (SJN) transformation public hearings last week.

The former left-arm unorthodox spinner testified under oath at the hearings to investigate racial discrimination within cricket that Boucher and other white national teammates called him a “brown sh*t”.

Asked if he is expecting some sort of backlash when he returns back home from Ireland where the Proteas completed a 3-0 T20 series whitewash over their hosts in Belfast on Saturday‚ Boucher said he didn’t want to give a knee-jerk reaction.

“I fully understand the sensitivity around this‚ and I am not going to give a knee-jerk response‚” he said.

“As I said in my statement‚ I will go back home and assess information that is on the table and available to me and I will reply respectfully and appropriately to all the allegations and at the right time as well.

"I need to get home and look at what’s been said‚ and then I will come through with a response.”

With regard to cricket issues‚ Boucher said he was happy that captain and man-of -the-match Temaba Bavuma finally returned to form with an impressive knock of 72 off 51 to make up for his recent struggles with the bat.

In the first T20 Bavuma only managed 13 runs and was dismissed for a duck in the second match‚ leaving him under some sort of pressure.

“He has been putting in the hard work behind closed doors‚” said Boucher.

“He is a tough little character as well‚ he takes it personally if he doesn’t lead from the front with the bat.

"He is a type of guy who likes to run with a bit of form.

"But getting some runs‚ I think it’s the perfect time because we go to Sri Lanka after this and he will definitely take that confidence into the tour.

“As I said he has been working very hard and it was just a matter of time before he got some runs‚ and I am happy for him.

"It put us in a nice situation in the camp because he is doing well with the bat and he can lead with confidence now.

“He has been leading very well on and off the field‚ he just wanted to tick off the one little thing and get runs and thankfully he did that.”