Board implements investigation into allegations October 10, 2004

Simons, Smith and Henry under the spotlight

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Gerald Majola: will report back to the board in 10 days © WCM
The South African board (UCBSA) held an emergency meeting on Saturday to discuss allegations that the national side is blighted by racism and favouritism. The board asked Gerald Majola, its chief executive, to report back on the issues in 10 days' time.

The original story surfaced on Thursday when unnamed South African players claimed that the side was dogged by bungled management, racial divides, and a Western Province clique intent on embedding themselves into powerful positions to the detriment of the future.

Majola met with Eric Simons, the national team coach, Omar Henry, the senior selector, Tim Southey, the team manager, as well as Graeme Smith and several senior players. He remained tight-lipped about what was discussed but confirmed that the roles of all four would be closely examined.

In the last 48 hours, increasingly graphic stories have been circulating in the national media, and an insider told the Cape Argus that the board spent a long time discussing matters regarding the national team and its management.

"Everyone realises that something is radically wrong and that it needs to be addressed," an unnamed board official told the newspaper. "Our concern right now is how to go forward from here."

"Some of the things that have been written are scandalous," Simons told the Sunday Times. "It does not help us to get to a situation where players have to go to India and play cricket together as a team."