Dean Elgar insists South Africa will ‘back’ Mark Boucher ahead of racism hearing

South Africa head coach Mark Boucher will have a disciplinary hearing in May after being charged with gross misconduct over ‘allegations of discrimination and racism’

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South Africa captain Dean Elgar said the players were “supporting” head coach Mark Boucher, who is facing a disciplinary hearing after being charged with serious misconduct.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) brought the charge against Boucher after the Social Justice and Nation Building (SJN) report concluded he had discriminated against players because of their race.

At the SJN hearings, former South African spinner Paul Adams said he had been given the nickname “brown s***” during his international career and Boucher was among those who called him that. nickname.

Boucher has since admitted to singing a song that included the insult and he has issued an apology, saying he “deeply regrets and apologizes for the part I played in joining my teammates in singing offensive songs. or use offensive nicknames”.







South Africa head coach Mark Boucher will have a disciplinary hearing in May after being charged with gross misconduct over ‘allegations of discrimination and racism’
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The report concluded that his response showed a “lack of sensitivity and understanding of racist undertones” and that he was “indifferent to diversity and transformation”.

In response, the CSA formally charged Boucher with gross misconduct and they will now have a disciplinary hearing in May which could lead to his dismissal.

The hearing will also consider the resignation of former assistant coach Enoch Nkwe, who resigned in August after raising “concerns about the functioning and culture of the team environment”.

Members of the current South Africa squad will testify on Boucher’s behalf and Elgar spoke about the impending hearing ahead of his team’s tour of New Zealand.

“Cricket comes first for us, regardless of what our head coach is going through,” Elgar said.

“But we support him throughout this process because we know how much value he adds to our system and our group. He is an integral part of it.







South Africa captain Dean Elgar says the players are ‘supporting’ Boucher
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“It’s just another hurdle in our path that we have to overcome. We have to stick together, which we have done in the past, and let this process take its course.

“I doubt it will affect the team, that process has been on hold for some time now. We had a feeling it might come to a point where players would be asked to testify and so on.”

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