SA vs BAN: South Africa Men's Team Head Coach Mark Boucher Admits Off-Field Issues Tough To Handle

Updated - 11 Apr 2022, 07:42 PM

Mark Boucher
Mark Boucher (Image Credit: Twitter)

The South African Test team is in red hot form in the new Test Championship Cycle. They have beaten India 2-1 at home. Drew 1-1 against Newzealand away and have won the recently concluded two-match home Test series against Bangladesh by 2-0. Mark Boucher, the head coach of the team has admitted that while it’s been nice to work with the team on the field, it’s been tough off it.

Boucher is facing allegations of racial discrimination during his playing days.

Mark Boucher
Mark Boucher (Image Credit: Twitter)

The reality of An Impending Disciplinary Hearing Had Been Difficult To Handle: Mark Boucher

Boucher on Monday, after the conclusion of the Test series against Bangladesh, admitted that it’s not easy to handle the issues outside of the cricket field. The impending disciplinary hearing is going to be a very moment in his career if he is found guilty he could be dismissed by Cricket South Africa.

The hearing is going to take place next month.

“I’ve really enjoyed coaching the guys, the cricketing side of things. We’ve got a really tight unit together and I’ve enjoyed being around the guys and seeing the development in their cricket.”

“Outside that, I can’t say I’ve enjoyed it. That’s being honest. I don’t think anyone in my situation can enjoy what’s been put on my plate”, said Boucher.

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Boucher’s current contract runs till the end of the 2023 World Cup. But before that South Africa has a test series in Australia and England which could prove vital for South Africa’s progress to the World Test Championship Final.

As a person, I’m very competitive. You want to judge yourself against the best teams in the world.”

“We played against the two best teams of recent teams in (World Test championship finalists) India and New Zealand and they were tough-fought series and we did very well against those sides.”

“When I was playing, going to England was always very tough and going to Australia was very tough,” said Boucher. “It would be nice to compete against them but we’ll see what happens in the future”, added Boucher.

Paul Adams, his former teammate had alleged that Boucher used to lead songs with derogatory wording in meetings during their playing days.

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