Cricket South Africa’s director of cricket and former national captain, Graeme Smith, faces an arbitration hearing from Monday, 7 March on “tentative findings” of racial prejudice.
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The hearing is the result of Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) chairperson Dumisa Ntsebeza’s findings that Smith and current Proteas head coach Mark Boucher’s appointments were procedurally “flawed”.
Among Smith’s first decisions when appointed as director of cricket back in 2019 was to appoint his former team-mate Boucher on a four-year contract ahead of England’s tour of Mzansi that summer.
However, Boucher was crucially appointed without an interview process having taken place and lacked the required Level 4 coaching qualification required for the job.
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However, Smith has maintained that he was handed unilateral powers to hire and fire people working under him “in consultation with the CEO”.
According to AFP, the excellent relationship between Smith and Indian board president Sourav Ganguly has been a factor in India making money-spinning tours of South Africa at a time when CSA has been strapped for cash.
Graeme Smith’s contract with CSA expires at the end of March and it is not clear whether he will re-apply for the position.
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Smith’s lawyer David Becker said Smith and his advisers had consistently voiced concern about the way hearings into alleged racial discrimination were conducted.
“He is looking forward to demonstrating that these findings are without merit.”
The arbitration hearings will be conducted by two advocates appointed by CSA and Smith’s legal team and their findings will be made public.
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