Hearing for Mark Boucher – current South African players will testify on the coach’s behalf

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Disciplinary chair accepts Boucher’s request for May dates that will allow him to call players without disrupting the season

Boucher was formally charged on January 17, but the hearing cannot begin until late summer at home in South Africa due to player availability.

In a meeting last Wednesday with disciplinary chairman Terry Motau SC, the CSA pleaded for the hearing to take place between March 7 and 11, after South Africa returns from New Zealand and before they only play in Bangladesh and asked for “the opportunity and a quick start”. Boucher asked for dates in May — May 10-19 to be exact — because he wanted to call players as witnesses and didn’t want to disrupt them mid-season. Motau accepted Boucher’s suggestion.

“After considering both arguments, I agree with the arguments put forward on behalf of Mr. Boucher and have decided to adjourn the matter for the hearing to be held during the week of May 16-20, 2022” , indicates his decision.

It is unclear which players Boucher plans to call on or if they will otherwise be committed to the IPL, which will take place at the same time as the hearings. It’s also unclear whether Adams or other former players will be called to testify.

The CSA served Boucher with a seven-page indictment in January, which charged him with gross misconduct and discrediting the CSA through its historic and current treatment of racial issues.
The most serious charges against Boucher relate to the Adams incident, which was revealed by the former bowler during the Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) hearings. Boucher admitted to singing the song, but said he did not compose the lyrics and, in a written affidavit, apologized for his conduct. He also said the ASC failed to properly educate players from the immediate post-apartheid era. Boucher did not appear for oral testimony. The CSA was not satisfied with Boucher’s response and the indictment claimed that he had conducted himself “in a racist or subliminally racist manner”.

Boucher has also been charged with inappropriate conduct in connection with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) campaign in sport. According to the indictment, “in dealing with the BlackLivesMatter issue and the issue of ‘taking the knee,’ you allegedly addressed the concerns of white players and requested that the team manager (who is black) address the concerns. black players. . It would have created or exacerbated division and alienated the players and the team.”

The former South African goalkeeper is also accused of mismanagement by his former assistant coach Enoch Nkwe, who resigned in August. Nkwe cited concerns about team culture and insiders confirmed he had a difficult working relationship with Boucher. The indictment claimed that Boucher failed to provide clear “roles and responsibilities” or “meaningful key performance indicators” for Nkwe, failed to define his role or any development plan for him and, therefore, “would have treated Mr. Nkwe in a manner unbecoming of a leader in your position”.

Altogether, this trio of accusations led CSA to the conclusion that “Boucher’s conduct resulted in an irreparable breach of the relationship of trust between you and CSA”. “In these circumstances, the sanction of dismissal will be sought before the president of the disciplinary investigation”, indicates point 23 of the indictment.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo’s correspondent in South Africa

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