Updated: 11/07/2012 06:17 | By pa.press.net

Eye injury forces Boucher retirement



Mark Boucher has announced his retirement from international cricket

Mark Boucher has announced his retirement from international cricket

South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has retired from international cricket following the eye injury he suffered during Monday's tour game against Somerset.

The 35-year-old required three hours of surgery in Taunton on Monday night and, after being released on Tuesday morning, it was initially confirmed he would leave the tour. But, in a prepared statement read out by his Proteas skipper Graeme Smith during lunch at the tour game on Tuesday, it was revealed the injury had forced Boucher to end his international career.

"It is with sadness and pain that I announce that I will not be able to play international cricket again," the statement read by Smith said.

Boucher revealed that he had intended to retire at the end of the current tour, when he was due to play his 150th Test in the final match of the upcoming series against England.

He added: "It is with sadness and in some pain that I make this announcement, but due to the severity of my eye injury I will not be able to play international cricket again.

"I prepared for this UK tour as well, if not better, than I have prepared for any tour in my career. I had never anticipated announcing my retirement now but circumstances have dictated differently.

"I have a number of thank-yous to make to people who have made significant contributions during my international career, which I will do in due course.

"For now, I would like to thank the huge number of people, many of whom are strangers, for their heartfelt support during the last 24 hours. I am deeply touched by all the well wishes, and I wish the team well in the UK as I head home on to a road of uncertain recovery."

Boucher suffered the freak injury when he was struck by a flying bail while standing up to leg-spinner Imran Tahir on the opening day against Somerset. He fell the ground and was helped from the pitch with blood apparently coming from his left eye.

Boucher was taken to hospital immediately, where he had surgery to repair a laceration to the white of his eyeball, but concerns clearly remain over his long-term health.

18Comments
10/07/2012 16:16
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imran matloob

great loss not just for his team but also for whole cricket  thank you for giving us great cricket wish you get well soon.

great cricket and team player

10/07/2012 14:08
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Top wicket keeper and Batsman, enjoy retirement Mark, you deserve it.
10/07/2012 15:28
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A great cricketer and person,a loss to the sport. Have a great retirement.
10/07/2012 14:48
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it's a sad day for cricket i have enjoyed many hours watching some explosive batting and some neat glovework i hope he recovers fully and the damage is not permanent
10/07/2012 14:13
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He will be a great loss to South Africa,and the cricket world as a whole ! He was probably the best wicketkeeper/batsman in the world! Good luck Mark with ever what you do next!
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This is really sad news and I wish him well for the future.   To be forced out (due to injury) from a sport you love must be utterly shattering, but Mark Boucher is in the history books that assures his legacy, but not seeing behind the sticks in international cricket will be sad.  Thanks for the memories Mark. 
10/07/2012 15:17
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  I am very sorry to hear this though it didn't sound good when the incident was first reported.  A few years ago I got his autograph when he was already on the South African team bus outside Headingley.   With a small gaggle of fans I think I actually stepped onto the bus while he and Paul Adams signed for us.  Very exciting! 

 I know Paul Dowton's career ended in the same way, and when one looks at the protection that baseball catchers use one realises the risks wicketkeepers take in doing their job.  One only wishes him well for the future. 

10/07/2012 14:17
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top man and player, unfortunate way to bow out,  
wishing him good luck for the future.
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Sad to see him go - great cricketer.

MSN SORT OUT THE EFFING' SPAM ON HERE YOU USELESS BUNCH OF ****
10/07/2012 18:43
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What's the point in us reporting SPAM when MSN don't remove it?
10/07/2012 14:32
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a great shame i feel for you mark, top man i hope you recover fully and can do whatever you want to do , onwards  and upwards ? 
10/07/2012 18:35
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A loss to the game, great player and great professional.  On a different note,  the amount of spams on here is disgusting.  Sort it out MSN  
10/07/2012 17:22
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Nasty injury.

Think we need to introduce eye protection. i.e safety glasses.

 

10/07/2012 19:16
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Fine cricketer---wishing him a complete recovery and hope retirement isnt too boring for him
10/07/2012 23:47
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What a tragic way to end your fine career as a wicket keeper /batsman I hope you make a speedy and full recovery good luck and thanks. 
11/07/2012 09:16
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A sad, slightly premature end to a fine cricketing career. He's been a great ambassador for the sport and his country and he seems a really nice bloke too. Let's hope he can find a non-playing role in the sport in the future, he has a lot to offer.
11/07/2012 09:06
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Surely protective glasses must be used.
So sad to end a successful cricketing career in this way.
Good luck with a full recovery - or at least a pain free retirement.
10/07/2012 14:38
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England have a South African wicket keeper playing in the O D I s, give him back then bring in Bairstow. Also call up Taylor to replace the Irish batsman who can't catch and then i can start to support a proper English born side. This will then prevent the reverse racism that is stopping up and coming young cricketers who are English.
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