New Delhi: Former South African captain Graeme Smith was accused of racial discrimination by Lonwabo Tsotsobe. Lonwabo made shocking revelations about Smith, which has surprised the cricket world.
However, Graeme Smith has now broken the silence on this. He has denied all the allegations leveled by Lonwabo.
Graeme Smith broke the silence
Quoting the news published in Sports Worm, Graeme Smith has described Lonwabo’s claims as baseless. He issued a statement saying, ‘The allegations which have been made are extremely painful and I strongly deny them. Unfortunately, Thami was a wicket-keeper, which meant he only fought for one position. I can understand how disappointing it must have been and there are so many great wicketkeepers that South Africa would never have seen at the international level because the Keepers were in the team for a long time. This is also an international trend, South Africa is no different ‘.
Graeme Smith further said, ‘I should emphasize that I was never in charge of selection. I used to have views as captain, but used to vote for the players as coaches and selectors. For the 2012 tour of England, in which Thami was associated, there was a full panel of selectors. Thami went there as a backup to AB de Villiers and this was told to him by Gary Kirsten during the tour of England and Australia, which Thami already knew.
According to 37-year-old Lonwabo Tsotsobe, the incident happened in England in the 2012 Test Series when South Africa beat the hosts and became number-1 in the Test rankings. Sotsobe had to face suspension for his involvement in corruption during matches in the 2015–16 Ram Slam T20 Challenge.
Lonwabo accuses Smith of racial discrimination
Lonwabo Tsotsobe has accused Graeme Smith of mistreating his captain’s power for racial discrimination. Lonwabo Tsotsobe revealed that Mark Boucher suffered a serious eye injury during the 2012 tour of England and was to replace Ashwi Thami Solkile as the wicketkeeper, but Smith wanted to stop the selection of the black player. Smith immediately threatened to retire to stop the selection of Thami Solkill.
Lonwabo Sotsobe said, ‘Wicketkeeping is always given to the specialist keeper in Tests, it was certain that Thami would replace Solkile Boucher, but suddenly AB de Villiers was made the wicketkeeper. De Villiers was entrusted with the responsibility of wicketkeeping so that Solkile (the black player) would be replaced. This was confirmed by Smith, who said that if Solkile was selected, he would retire with immediate effect.