Smith denies Tsolekile’s accusation of racism
Former South Africa wicket-keeper Thami Tsolekile has accused former South Africa captain Graeme Smith for racism. He’s also expected apology from Smith in that issue.
According to Tsolekile, “I was the specialist wicketkeeper in the team after Mark Boucher suffered an eye injury during the England tour in 2012. But since I’m black, captain Graeme Smith dropped me from the team and played AB de Villiers.”
Former South African captain and current director of the Cricket South Africa (CSA) Smith is deeply disappointed by Tsolekile’s allegations.
Leaving behind allegations of racism, legendary South African cricketer Graeme Smith said it was not possible to keep everyone happy as a captain. There was no racism or anything like that about excluding Tsolekile. The whole matter was discussed with the selectors.
Smith played 117 Tests, 197 ODIs and 33 T20I matches for South Africa. He scored 17,236 runs with the help of 37 centuries and 90 fifties.
Graeme Smith is more successful as a captain than a personal performance. He set a world record by leading 108 consecutive Tests and 149 ODIs from 2003 to 2014.
“In the case of the 2012 tour to England, which Thami has alluded to, there was a whole panel of selectors. Thami was in the squad as reserve keeper to AB de Villiers and this was communicated to him on both the England and Australian tours by Gary Kirsten, which has been previously acknowledged by Thami,”
Smith posted in a statement on Twitter.
According to Smith, there was no place left for Tsolekile. “Unfortunately, Thami was a wicketkeeper, which meant he was always only fighting for one position,” Smith said. “I can understand how frustrating that must have been, and there have been several other excellent wicket-keepers that South African cricket never saw on an international stage, because keepers tend to stay in a team for long periods of time. That is also an international trend, not unique to South Africa.”