South Africa head coach Mark Boucher said that the national team mentality during his playing days was exclusionary, as a result of players being “ill-equipped” to deal with the difficulties of post-apartheid South African society. Aside from that, he expressed regret for “the role I had in participating with my teammates in inappropriate songs or by using derogatory nicknames.”
Boucher, according to ESPNcricinfo, filed a 14-page testimony to Cricket South Africa’s Social Justice and Nation-Building committee, which included a “generic reaction” to allegations of racial discrimination and poisonous team culture made by former South African players. A second supplemental affidavit dealing with particular concerns will be submitted by him after the completion of the proceedings, according to his plans. As part of his efforts to repair ties with former teammates, he has made himself available for one-on-one consultations with them.
Paul Adams, who was the only player of colour in the squad when he made his Test debut in 1995, has said that he was subjected to racial stereotyping during his nine-year professional rugby career.
According to ESPNcricinfo, Boucher went into great detail regarding the accusations levelled against him by Adams. Mr. Adams’s name was called in a song, and he admitted he was a part of the group that sang it. He apologised for his role in joining in with his team-mates in singing offensive songs or using offensive nicknames. Mr. Adams’s name was called in a song, and he admitted that he was a part of the group that sang a song in which Adams’s name was called “brown sh*t.”
Boucher believes that the squad he is currently in charge of will serve as an example of a cohesive unit that is strong both on and off the field. he has informed his teammates of his decision. In a further statement to the media, he said that he is “desperate to put an end to speculation and the ugly remarks that have accompanied it” and that he wants to “move forward as swiftly and constructively as possible.”