Former South African captain Graeme Smith gets a big relief as he has been cleared of all the racism allegations put against him. In 2021, South Africa initiated a Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) procedure led by Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza. For more best Cricket betting tips and match guides for the 2022, read here and learn more from the experts.

In his report, the advocate named Graeme Smith as one of the players who racially discriminated among the South African cricketers during his tenure. One of the major charges against Smith was that he carried out racial discrimination against wicketkeeper Thami Tsolekile.

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It was believed that the veteran wrongly preferred AB de Villiers over Thami during a Test series against England in 2012. However, the SJN process named it as tentative findings and advised Cricket South Africa to carry out a proper investigation. 

Two independent arbitrators Ngwako namely Maenetje SC and Michael Bishop were responsible for carrying out the whole process. The arbitrators cleared that they found no proof which could testify to the allegations against Smith. Thus, after hearing both the parties, they decided to clear the former skipper’s name from the whole scenario. 

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After CSA cleared Graeme Smith’s name officially from the charges, the former skipper gave a statement to express his gratitude. Smith revealed that the whole process was mentally taxing for him and his family. 

I’ve always given SA cricket my utmost, as a player, captain, and administrator: Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith Cleared of Racism and Discrimination Charges
Graeme Smith Cleared of Racism and Discrimination Charges

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He mentioned that he has given his everything to South Africa and it hurt him to hear the baseless allegations. The 41-year-old further added that the false case also impacted his attention towards the South Africa cricket team. 

“I’m grateful that my name has finally been cleared. I’ve always given SA cricket my utmost, as a player, captain, and administrator, over the last 20 years. So, to hear these baseless allegations of racism being made has been extremely difficult, both for me and my family. 

“It has been exhausting and distracting. Not least because SA cricket has also been going through a well-publicized rebuilding process which has required a lot of attention,”

Smith said as quoted by Business Day.

Further in the interaction, the left-handed expressed his happiness over getting completely free from the charges. He is pleased to have gone through a robust process before the independent arbitrators took a decision. 

“I’m just pleased that we have now gone through a robust arbitration process before independent, objective arbitrators and I have been completely vindicated,”

he concluded.

Notably, Graeme Smith is one of the greatest and finest South African cricketers to have ever played the gentlemen’s game. He represented the country in a whopping 117 Test matches to score 9265 runs at an average of 48.2.

He also featured in 197 One Day Internationals and 33 T20 Internationals scoring 6989 and 982 runs at an average of 38 and 31.7. Smith captained South Africa from 2003 to 2014. He led the Proteas team in 109 Test matches and scored a victory in 53 games. He also has a win percentage of 48.62 which is third-best for a South African captain after Shaun Pollock and Hansie Cronje.

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