- Graeme Smith has broken his silence over accusations of race bias within Cricket South Africa
- He penned a statement which was released on social media explaining his experiences and decisions as captain of the Proteas
- He addressed many of the concerns raised by players who felt that they were unfairly treated
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Graeme Smith, Cricket South Africa's director of cricket, has responded to race bias claims within Cricket South Africa. He issued a lengthy statement on social media.
Smith has come under fire for appointing Mark Boucher as the national team coach as well as making black players feel isolated.
He responds to these claims and more in his statement. Smith reveals that he has no say in financial matters or any power to determine contracts but that the previous policy had left players who couldn't play out of pocket, this has changed now.
On making black players feel isolated, there were claims that black players were forced to travel alone. Smith reveals that it is common for players to travel alone when tours are split into different formats. He has had to travel alone before.
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He asserts that he is a proud South African and he was proud to captain the team through one of the Proteas' most successful periods.
The allegations made against him are hurtful, he pens in his statement.
He also reveals that at times there were decisions which were made which left him out of the team and he felt gutted but understood that a decision had been made. He now understands that it was the right decision at the time for the good of the team.
Smith ends his statement saying that he has tried his best to explain his decisions that he made while he was captain. He asserts again that he loves South African cricket and his only motivation has been to make South African cricket the best it can be.
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Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that former Proteas fast bowler Makhaya Ntini is known for his jovial and fun-loving persona on and off the field of play.
These days, Ntini often commentates on the game and his enthusiasm and sense of humour are loved by many. Ntini's recent revelations were all the more shocking as he detailed the 'racist experiences' he faced while representing the national team.
In other news, Briefly.co.za previously reported that Proteas fast bowler Lungi Ngidi recently called on the team to unite and show support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
South Africans took to social media to rally behind Ngidi and disagreed with the other sentiments of ex-Proteas.
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