Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith, CSA’s director of cricket. Photo: Brenton Geach  / AFP

End of the road approaching for Graeme Smith as director of cricket?

It appears increasingly likely that Graeme Smith’s tenure as director of cricket will come to an end after March this year.

Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith, CSA’s director of cricket. Photo: Brenton Geach  / AFP

Towards the end of last year, it was confirmed that CSA was set to start formal enquiries into the conduct of director of cricket Graeme Smith and Boucher after the release of the SJN report.


Part of the findings (which are available on the CSA website) revealed that the Ombudsman found the appointments of Smith and Boucher to be “flawed from a procedural perspective”.

The formal inquiries were always expected to place early in 2022, and to investigate the conduct of the former Proteas legends. The Ombudsman’s Report included findings that Smith and Boucher had acted in a prejudicial or discriminatory manner.

In the dramatic latest news, a statement was released on Thursday in which CSA confirmed that Boucher would meet with Advocate Terry Motau on 26 January “to determine a timetable for the proceedings” after being charged with “gross misconduct”.  This comes after former national spinner Paul Adams implicated Boucher in a racial incident when the two were teammates, alleging that the former wicket-keeper was part of a group who called him a “brown sh*t”.

Boucher, Smith could be set to face the axe

Thursday’s statement also pointed to the fact that the charges against Boucher “could lead to his dismissal”.

Although much of the focus has fallen on Boucher, who insists he is “looking forward to dealing with and defending these allegations, the fact remains that Smith will also have to face the music.

On the Robert Marawa Sports show, CSA Board Chairperson Lawson Naidoo confirmed there would be an “open process” of transparency when it came to the director of cricket position.

“With regards to Graeme Smith’s contract ending in March this year, the position of Director of Cricket will be advertised and there will be an open process,” Naidoo commented.


The full statement from CSA on Thursday reads as follows:

Cricket South Africa (CSA) has appointed well respected Senior Counsel Advocate Terry Motau  (SC) as chairperson of the disciplinary hearing into allegations of misconduct against Proteas men’s coach, Mark Boucher. It is proposed  that the parties will meet with Advocate on 26th  January 2022 to determine a timetable for the proceedings.

This follows December’s Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) report, which made tentative findings regarding allegations of discrimination and racism against various persons, including Mr Boucher. Specifically, during the SJN process, allegations of racism were levelled against Mr Boucher by his former Proteas teammate, Paul Adams.

In releasing his report, the Ombudsman, Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza SC, indicated that he was not in a position to make “definite findings” and recommended that a further process be undertaken in this regard. In keeping with this approach, the Board was obligated to institute further formal enquiries into CSA employees, suppliers or contractors who are implicated by the SJN report, and this is the first of these processes.

“The Board remains mindful of its duty to treat allegations of racism or discrimination with the utmost seriousness and in a manner that ensures fairness and due process in terms of South Africa’s Constitution and labour legislation. It is now up to the inquiry to determine to which extent the allegations are true and justify the need for further disciplinary steps,” explains CSA Board Chairperson, Lawson Naidoo.

CSA confirms that a charge sheet, containing both the disciplinary charges against Mr Boucher, as well as his rights, was provided to him on 17 January. The upcoming inquiry will also consider concerns and allegations that arose following the resignation of former assistant coach, Enoch Nkwe.

While Mr Boucher is being charged with gross misconduct, which could lead to his dismissal, CSA emphasises it is important that the independent inquiry first needs to test all allegations before any question of sanction can arise.

“CSA emphasises that any implicated party will be given a fair opportunity to be heard so that finality can be achieved,” says Naidoo.

Further steps and action by CSA to transform cricket and act on other applicable recommendations in the SJN report, aligned to the Board’s new strategic framework and pillars of access, inclusion and excellencewill be announced in due course.