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CricketSABusinessLive writes that Cricket SA’s (CSA’s) decision to drop all charges of "gross misconduct" against the men’s head coach, Mark Boucher, brings to an end yet another sorry chapter in the organisation’s history.

A recent arbitration hearing cleared former captain and director of cricket, Graeme Smith, on all three allegations of racial bias and/or prejudice and CSA admitted in a statement on Tuesday that the result played a significant part in its decision to drop all charges against Boucher. “The recent ruling … in the Smith arbitration fortified the conclusion that the charges against Mr Boucher would be dismissed,” the statement indicated. Another, more practical reason, was that the two men against whom Boucher was "tentatively" found to have acted in a prejudicial or racist manner, namely his former assistant Enock Nkwe and former teammate, Paul Adams, said publicly that they had no desire to testify against him. “Cricket SA’s lawyers engaged with various other potential witnesses over the past month and concluded that the none of the three charges were sustainable,” the statement advised. Boucher released his own statement in which he said “the allegations of racism which were levelled against me were unjustified and have caused me considerable hurt and anguish … I am glad that the process has finally come to an end and that Cricket SA has accepted the charges against me are unsustainable.” Apart from the reputational damage to Cricket SA and the professional game, the legal cost has amounted to more than R10m. CSA board chairman, Lawson Naidoo, said on Tuesday: “The decision to withdraw the charges brings about finality on these issues for Cricket SA and Mark and allows the focus to return to the cricket field – where we trust that Mark and the Proteas will go from strength to strength.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Neil Manthorp at BusinessLive
  • Lees ook, Boucher bly staande, wil op afrigting focus, by Maroela Media

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