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Allegations extraordinarily hurtful, was by no means in control of workforce choices: Graeme Smith tells Tsolekile

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Allegations extraordinarily hurtful, was by no means in control of workforce choices: Graeme Smith tells Tsolekile

Cricket South Africa’s director of cricket Graeme Smith on Thursday categorically denied latest allegations levelled in opposition to him by ex-wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile round workforce choices throughout his time as captain of the nationwide workforce and termed them “extraordinarily hurtful”.

Smith, at 22, grew to become the youngest to guide South Africa when he was appointed captain of the nationwide workforce in 2003.

The present director of cricket at Cricket South Africa held the place of captain till his retirement in 2014.

Tsolekile, who was banned for 12 years after being implicated for fixing matches in 2015, criticised Smith for not backing him sufficient throughout their time as worldwide cricketers and alleged that CSA was making an attempt to guard different wrongdoers.

In his response, Smith tweeted an extended assertion.

“Thami Tsolekile was my captain at South Africa faculties junior stage. I’ve by no means had a problem with him as an individual and he has by no means borne out the frustrations of his worldwide profession on a private stage,” Smith mentioned within the assertion.

“In actual fact, my private relationship challenges with a number of different gamers, of all races, have been properly documented up to now.

“It was not possible for me to win everybody’s approval on the identical time however that’s the nature {of professional} sport.”

Throughout that point, present head coach Mark Boucher saved wickets for the Proteas, whereas Tsolekile was second in line, however he didn’t get the run he wanted to cement his place within the workforce.

Smith cited the examples of different gamers akin to Shaun Pollock, Lance Klusener and Makhaya Ntini who have been additionally neglected of the Proteas set-up after it was determined to take the workforce in a brand new path.

“The allegations and insinuations which have been made are extraordinarily hurtful and I deny them within the strongest potential sense,” Smith mentioned.

“Lance Klusener and Shaun Pollock can attest to this, and there have been very emotional discussions as a result of they’re each legends of our cricket historical past.

“Shaun was ushered out of the Take a look at workforce in an analogous method to Makhaya Ntini, when he felt he may have nonetheless accomplished a job. Virtually each participant I’ve come throughout feels that they may have contributed extra.

“It’s simpler to shift bowlers and batters round to swimsuit the wants of a workforce, however some positions are specialist.”

Smith, who’s thought to be one in all South Africa’s most interesting captains, mentioned that Tsolekile’s case was totally different from the remainder as he was a wicketkeeper.

“Sadly, Thami was a wicket-keeper, which meant he was at all times solely preventing for one place.

“I can perceive how irritating that will need to have been, and there have been a number of different glorious wicket-keepers that South African cricket by no means noticed on a global stage, as a result of keepers have a tendency to remain in a workforce for lengthy durations of time.

“That can be a global pattern, not distinctive to South Africa.”

He additionally clarified that in his time as captain, he by no means had any say in workforce choices, deciding match charges and contracts.

“I ought to emphasise that I used to be by no means in control of choices. I had an opinion as a captain, however the casting vote was with the coach and the selectors.

“Within the case of the 2012 tour to England, which Thami has alluded to, there was a complete panel of selectors.

“Thami was within the squad as reserve keeper to AB de Villiers and this was communicated to him on each the England and Australian excursions by Gary Kirsten, which has been beforehand acknowledged by Thami.”

Smith continued: “I additionally by no means had any say on the monetary construction. I didn’t decide contracts, and I additionally didn’t determine match charges. I used to be a participant.” 

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