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Boucher retirement compounds tepid SA cricket scene

The Times Editorial | 2012-07-11 00:09:55.0

The Times Editorial: There will be widespread sympathy today for one of South Africa's finest cricketers. Mark Boucher will never again take up position behind the stumps for the Proteas, motivating, cajoling, encouraging his teammates - and sledging for his country.

The injury to his left eye has brought a sad close to a wonderful cricket career. There was genuine emotion in the way his teammates spoke about him yesterday when the extent of his injury was revealed. Those same emotions will be shared today by cricket lovers the world over.

But it's not the only sadness that pervades cricket in this country. Once again the organisation that runs the game in South Africa is in turmoil.

Has the stand-in CEO of Cricket South Africa resigned, or has he not? Listening to Jacques Faul, the man temporarily in disgraced Gerald Majola's place, or the president of Cricket SA, Willie Basson, you would be hard-pressed to discern the truth.

Don't worry, South African cricket lovers are told, all will be revealed on Friday. We won't hold our breath.

Since the "interim" management took over following the suspension of Majola and the withdrawal from the limelight of those who had supported him, we had hoped that matters would improve down on Corlett Drive where Cricket SA has its headquarters.

There were glimpses of progress, but these turned out to be a chimera. The action against Majola, recommended by Judge Chris Nicholson, whose inquiry exposed much of the misconduct in Cricket SA, has stalled and is unlikely to resume soon.

It's clear that Cricket SA, like any of the sporting bodies in the country, is not an easy ship to steer. If Faul feels he is being undermined by the board, it does not augur well for the future of the organisation.

Is there still something rotten in the state of our game? Cricket SA needs to be honest with us.

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