Lonwabo Tsotsobe Accused Graeme Smith of Racism
Former Proteas pacer Lonwabo Tsotsobe has accused former South African cricket captain and current board director Graeme Smith of racism. Despite his alleged qualifications, wicketkeeper Thami Solekile did not get a chance on the team.
This allegation is quite old. Thami Solekile made serious allegations against Smith when the issue of racism was at its peak. But then Graeme Smith handled Thamir’s allegation quite well. Later, Thami Solekile complained about the same thing again.
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This time, however, former Proteas left-arm pacer Lonwabo Sotsobe has brought charges against Graeme Smith, not Thami Solekile. He alleged that Solekil was supposed to play according to the rules when Mark Boucher was dropped from the England series in 2012 due to an eye injury. However, Captain Smith was against taking Solekile to the team. So AB de Villiers came in the role of wicketkeeper in the South African team.
In an interview with a South African daily, Sotsobe said he was supposed to join the team as a replacement for Boucher in Solekil. But at that time de Villiers was given the responsibility of wicketkeeper. However, de Villiers did not qualify for the position.
He added: “The main purpose of giving the responsibility to de Villiers was not to allow Solekile to join the team. Smith also threatened to quit international cricket if Solekile was included in the squad. The newspaper claimed that it had contacted Smith but had not received any statement from him.