Graeme Smith explained the allegations of caste discrimination
Former South African captain and current cricket director Graeme Smith has explained the allegations of caste discrimination against him. Smith’s former teammate Thami Solkile has accused Smith of discriminating against black cricketers under his captaincy.
Smith’s early wicket-keeper as captain played three Tests for South Africa in 2004. He was also banned for 12 months in 2016 for match-fixing.
In a recent interview, the 39-year-old cricketer said it was captain Smith who removed him from the team. Even when he was with the team, he was isolated from the others.
Graeme Smith made a lengthy statement on social media Twitter in the wake of the allegations. He writes, ‘The challenge of personal relationships with a number of players of all kinds was identified. And it’s impossible to get everyone’s approval as captain. ‘
He said his keynote address was: “Players who were dropped from the team before it seemed like a joint decision to take the team in a new direction, citing the example of established players like Lance Klausner, Shaun Pollock, and Makhaya Ntini.”
Smith led South Africa in 28 matches from 2003 to 2014. Which is the record for any South African captain to lead in the most matches? He says he had no say in the team selection and was not even in charge of the players’ contracts.
Smith claims that the allegations against him are extremely damaging in a very strong sense. In response to Solkill’s allegations, he said many had to travel separately due to party interests and different formats.
Meanwhile, Solkill alleges that after the departure of Mark Boucher in 2012, he did not get a place in the party due to racism. Smith argues that Solkill’s fight for a single place on the team as an expert wicket-keeper has always been challenging.
Smith said Solkill was also on the reserve wicket-keeper list as an alternative to AB de Villiers in the England tour that year. The selection panel also kept in touch with him about the matter.
Citing the example of former Aussie captain Steve Waugh, Smith said that despite being the best captain, he had obstacles. He has also been given a proper explanation of the decisions taken during his captaincy.
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— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) August 13, 2020