Storm shook the Cricket South Africa a few days ago when the likes of A B Devilliers, Graeme Smith, and Mark Boucher were named in the 235-page SJN report for prejudicial conduct. The report findings said that Cricket South Africa was involved in discrimination against many players on the basis of color.
A B Devillers has now taken to social media to voice his opinion on the matter. The former cricketer said that he supports the aim of SJN to ensure equal opportunities for the players, however, he denies accusations of racism and says that the decision taken by him was based on what he believed was best for the team and not on the race of the player.
Back in 2015, when DeVilliers was captaining the side, he flew in Dean Elgar as the replacement of J P Duminy instead of giving a chance to Khaya Zondo. According to the report, this was done on the basis of racism.
After the findings were revealed, CSA chairperson Lawson Naidoo said that the findings need to be evaluated holistically. “The board is still considering the report. It is a hefty document and needs a holistic response“. Naidoo said.
According to Cricket South Africa, the expenses on the investigation cost about R7.5 million as it went on for over six months instead of the expected four months. Mark Boucher who is currently the South African head coach said that the players at that time were unprepared for the realities of team dynamics that would be there post-Apartheid.
Paul Adams was subjected to racial slurs by members of South African team which included Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher : SJN report
During the investigation, Paul Adams revealed that he was subjected to racial slur songs when he was the part of the team. According to Adams, “I was called brown s… when I was playing,” Surprisingly these were the racial abuse that the player had to bear as fun moments whenever the team was winning. “It often used to be a song when we won a game and we were in fines’ meetings. They would sing, ‘brown s… in the ring, tra la la la laa,’” Adams said. Mark Boucher and Gramme Smith are accused of singing such songs along with the other members of the team.
Gramme Smith is also accused of not choosing Thami Tsolekile as a replacement for Mark Boucher in 2012 when he went into retirement early due to his eye injury. Thami Tsolekile was a part of the contracted players back then. The reasons for excluding Thami Tsolekile is found to be racism according to the findings of the SJN report.