Dean Elgar, South Africa’s Test captain, has raised his voice in support of the team’s coaches and management, whom he believes have not received the belief in their faith as they deserve. Elgar’s comments come just after the decision by CSA to start a formal inquiry into the conduct of Graeme Smith, South Africa’s director of cricket, and Mark Boucher, their head coach, following a report by the Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) commission implicated both – and others including former captain AB de Villiers – of unfairly discriminating against players on the basis of race. This issue has been quite serious and a reason for worry in the cricketing fraternity of South Africa.
While addressing a pre-series press conference, Elgar mentioned the difficult period South African cricket has endured over recent months. Asked what the toughest challenge about this period had been, from a players’ perspective, Elgar responded with his opinion that the coaches are not being fairly backed.