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DEEP DIVE | 'Boucher is wrong' - Revered historian Odendaal contextualises 1990s efforts to racially integrate cricket

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Former South African player and now coach Mark Boucher
Former South African player and now coach Mark Boucher
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While many have seen Cricket South Africa's Social Justice and Nation-building hearings as cricket's version of the Salem Witch Trials, a deeper look into what happened post-1991 sporting unity could help cricket understand how it came to be here. As the head of the flagship men's Proteas, Mark Boucher has faced public wrath for his past actions, and there have been calls for him to relinquish his position.

When Proteas coach Mark Boucher was accused of partaking in racist jibes in the national team dressing room as a player, a firestorm blew up, followed by many calls for his head.

In defending himself, Boucher wrote an apologetic statement and, in his leaked affidavit, tried to explain how it came to be that he was associated with calling fellow international team-mate Paul Adams "brown sh*t".

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