Former captain Graeme Smith ‘blocked’ Thami Solekile’s entry into the South African squad as a consequence of racial bias, his former associate Lwangbo Tsotsobe has alleged. In a seven-page presentation to the nation’s cricket board, the previous left-handed seamer has revealed that Smith had allegedly threatened to resign when Solekile was chosen within the squad throughout a 2012 tour of England.
Sotsobe alleged that Tsolekile was chosen as Mark Boucher’s deputy within the South African squad, however AB de Villiers was given gloves after Boucher’s harm.
“Solekile was scheduled to switch Boucher however instantly AB de Villiers was made the keeper. The wicketkeeper is a specialist place requiring an skilled to not have de Villiers. The concept of handing de Villiers the accountability of conserving one within the backside of Solekile The choice of the black participant was to be withheld, ”based on Times Live, Tsotsobe submitted to the CSA.
“This was confirmed by Smith, who explicitly stated that if Tsolekile is selected he would retire with immediate effect,” Sotsobe alleged.
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This revelation follows intently on the heels of the CSA’s indefinite postponement of the change public listening to, which was scheduled to start on Monday morning.
Smith, who captained the Protiaz nationwide workforce from 2003 till his retirement in 2014, was requested to substantiate or refute the allegations leveled by Sotsobe by way of the CSA’s communications workplace, however didn’t reply.
Tsolekile spoke in regards to the 2012 incident final 12 months on a podcast in South Africa, stating how he was sidelined regardless of being chosen as deputy wicketkeeper, it was ‘pure racism’.
With inputs from TheIndianEXPRESS