CAPE TOWN: Mark Boucher, the former South Africa wicketkeeper, lost the lens, iris and pupil in the eye injury which forced him to announce his international retirement, he said today.
Boucher has already quit international cricket following the injury last month and said he was unlikely to return quickly, or even at all, to the professional game after undergoing a series of operations. The 35-year-old veteran, who played in 147 Tests and completed a world record 555 Test dismissals, suffered a lacerated left eye after being struck by a bail during the Proteas’ warm-up match against Somerset in England last month.
“It is unlikely that I will play any professional cricket again, which is very unfortunate as I was looking forward to contributing as a player for the Cobras,” the South African said in a statement. “The risk of additional damage to my left eye or even damage to the other eye doesn’t warrant it,” Boucher added.
He added: “It has been a difficult time for me mentally and physically. I have lost the lens, iris and pupil in my left eye. There was severe damage to my retina...physically, at times, I have been in a lot of pain.”