Mark Boucher Proteas coach

Mark Boucher. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/Sports Inc

Ex-Proteas spinner Paul Adams WON’T testify at Mark Boucher’s hearing

Former Proteas spinner Paul Adams has confirmed that he will NOT testify in the upcoming hearing of ex-teammate Mark Boucher.

Mark Boucher Proteas coach

Mark Boucher. Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/Sports Inc

Former Proteas spinner Paul Adams has confirmed that he will NOT testify in the upcoming hearing of ex-teammate Mark Boucher.

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In a statement released on Sunday morning, Adams said his appearance at the Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) wasn’t to call out Boucher.

It was at the SJN hearings in 2021 when Adams made shock allegations against Boucher, claiming he experienced racial discrimination from the now Proteas coach in the late 1990s.

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In his own words, Adams, at the time, said Boucher was among those who used to call him ‘brown sh**’ because of the colour of his skin.

Boucher apologised for his actions soon afterwards, but he was subsequently charged for gross misconduct by CSA – his hearing is set for 16-20 May.

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FULL STATEMENT BY PAUL ADAMS

“I went to SJN with no malice but with good intentions so that present and future players, irrespective of race, wouldn’t have to go through what I and other players did in those times,” said Adams in the statement.

“Also, to make people aware that there needs to be education and acknowledgement around racism and for us to have a greater respect for each other within our society in South Africa.

“In my testimony, I said that during my time in the national team, there was a culture within that environment that felt it was fine for a derogatory nickname given to me to be sung during fines meetings in the changing room by my fellow team-mates.

“I indicated, upon reflection and after discussing with my wife (my girlfriend at the time), that I felt humiliated by the song. Not at any stage did I mention any player’s name who may have initiated the song.

“The only time I confirmed a name was when the panel asked if I addressed Mark Boucher personally regarding the nickname and I replied that he was part of a broader group that sang the song and that I never addressed the matter within the team environment at the time. I was young and naïve at the time, trying to fit in and represent my country as best I could.

“Not at any stage did I go in there with the intention to single Mark Boucher out, as one can confirm by listening to my testimony in the YouTube clip from 39:20 till 46:30.”

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Media statement by Paul Adams