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Former South Africa cricket captain cleared of racism

2022 Apr 25, 15:17, Cape Town

Former South Africa cricket captain Graeme Smith was cleared of racism allegations on Monday by an independent investigation that looked into claims that he used his influence to ensure a Black player wasn’t selected while leading the team a decade ago.

Smith had also been accused of being “racially biased” against Black colleagues in his role as South Africa’s director of cricket after he retired from playing. And a third allegation was made against him that he was guilty of “unfair racial discrimination” when, in his role as director of cricket, he appointed former teammate Mark Boucher, who is white, as head coach of South Africa in 2019 ahead of another coach, Enock Nkwe, who is Black.

The accusations were made late last year in a report that emanated from a series of hearings designed to look into the culture of South African cricket as far back as the 1990s to establish if there was racism. That initial report made “tentative findings” against Smith but recommended a full investigation.


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