The South Africa cricket team is all set to tour Sri Lanka for a three-match T20 as well as ODI series. Temba Bavuma would lead the side. The bowling coach, Charles Langerveldt and seamer Junior Dala have contracted coronavirus and thus, have been ruled out of the series. Lutho Sipamla has replaced Dala, while Mandla Mashimbyi has been chosen as the stand-in bowling coach.
Amidst all this, the ramifications of CSA’s Social Justice and Nation-building (SJN) project continues to dominate the talks in South Africa cricket, which started on 5th July. A lot has been talked about related to humiliating, hurtful experiences suffered – and perpetrated – since South Africa’s readmission in 1991.
Earlier, former South African cricketer, Paul Adams alleged Boucher, along with other team-mates, for calling him “brown sh*t” during fines meetings in their playing days. South Africa’s coach has, however, submitted two separate affidavits in response.
South Africa, skipper Temba Bavuma didn’t mince his words about the matter and accepted that these talks have had an impact on the team as a whole.
“We would be lying if we said this didn’t have an impact on us. It’s publicly known that members of the team have been named in the SJN testimonies,” he said.
“Mark has addressed us as a team, speaking up specifically on the accusations against him. He provided clarity and context. It was really about keeping the guys in his confidence and providing a form of comfort.”
In a statement released on Monday, Boucher confirmed that he’d spoken to the team as a collective on Sunday.
“I met up with the South African cricket team (on Sunday), prior to our departure to Sri Lanka on 25th August 2021. I made the team aware of the affidavit while inviting them to read it if they should so wish,” he stated.
“I felt that it was essential to deal with the allegations prior to our departure, so that distraction from the focus of the tour could be kept to a minimum.”
Bavuma stated that the team’s mantra has been to control the controllable. But, as he readily admits, some things remain out of their immediate control.
“We try to control anything in our own immediate circle,” he said.
“These types of matters (the SJN allegations) though do come into the team and for us it’s important that we deal with it internally too, ask whatever hard questions we need to ask of each other to make sure that we can keep growing.”
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