The following article reflects the level of discontent caused by Boucher's conduct as a coach and goes beyond the general public and the media into the present and past players:-
“We can make as much noise as we want as former players‚ media‚ fans or whatever but ultimately it depends on Graeme Smith.
“Unfortunately‚ Mark Boucher and Graeme Smith have a very good and friendly relationship since their playing days and it is highly unlikely that S South African cricket fans should make peace with the idea of being stuck with Mark Boucher as head coach of the Proteas for much longer.
This is the view of former Proteas Test opener Alviro Petersen, who said the good and friendly relationship the duo enjoy makes it almost impossible for Graeme Smith to fire Boucher.
Petersen played alongside Smith and Boucher in the Proteas team between 2005 and 2015, and he said the pair have been friends since their playing days.
There have been growing calls for Boucher to be sacked following the Proteas’ dismal performances in recent weeks, including ODI and T20 series defeats to Pakistan this month.
And Petersen said while everyone is allowed to share their opinion on what should happen, Smith, a good friend of Boucher, will still have the final say.
“In terms of pressure on Boucher‚ I think there has been a lot on him but we are not in a position to make changes,” said Petersen as per TimesLIVEmith will fire his friend,” he said.
“Unfortunately, that is the position that we are in as a cricketing country and we have to deal with that,” added Petersen."
Boucher can still save himself from being fired by starting to select players om merit and forget about his elderly friends - where performances are ignored and real team building for the future is absent, What is happening to him is exactly what happened to Coetzee as Springbok coach so friendship ties with Smith - whose position could also be in danger - may not save him.
The only thing that stands between Boucher and firing is the T20I World Cup in India, A repeat of the 2019 disaster will inevitably lead to him being fired - whether he is Smith's friend or not.