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Mark Boucher to respond to SJN allegations

ESPNCricInfo
31 Jul 2021, 04:43 GMT+10

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Boucher's name has cropped up in a few statements by former players at the SJN hearings on racial discrimination in the game, leading to questions asked about him by the ombudsman Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza. Some testimonies imply the involvement of Boucher, usually as part of a group of players, in some of the incidents that have come out. The culture of the national team, particularly in the 1990s and 2000s and specifically at the 2007 World Cup, has come under scrutiny through stories from former players Paul Adams, Roger Telemachus and Loots Bosman.While it is not clear how many of the members of those teams will present to the SJN it is expected that those with current involvement in South African cricket are likely to exercise the right of reply afforded to anyone who has been named in the proceedings.Boucher was first asked for a reaction to the SJN testimony following South Africa's 3-0 victory over Ireland in the T20I series last week, when his name was mentioned at the hearings. Then, he said: "I fully respect the sensitivity around this. I am not going to give a knee-jerk response. I will go back home, assess the information that's on the table, that's available to me and I will reply respectfully and appropriately to all of the allegations. And at the right time as well. I need to get home and have a look at what's been said and then I will come through with a response."Contrary to local reports, ESPNcricinfo understands Boucher has not taken legal action against those who mentioned him in their testimonies. He called accusations of seeking the legal way out "hurtful, factually incorrect and do not serve the greater good of our country or the intentions of the SJN in mending past hurts and building relations."As things stand, a date and time for Boucher's submission at the SJN has yet to be confirmed.Mark BoucherSouth Africa

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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