South Africa news July 15, 2012

'Positive' news for Boucher

ESPNcricinfo staff

Former South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has received "positive" news from his surgeon, Shuaib Manjra, in Cape Town, which suggests he may regain sight in his left eye after Monday's freak on-field accident in Taunton that fast-forwarded his decision to retire.

Manjra told the Sunday Times that there was "no obvious detachment of the retina which is very positive." Boucher can recognise hand movements and identify the direction of light in the injured eye but will still have to undergo more exploratory surgery and months of other procedures to determine the exact severity of the damage and make a recovery.

In the immediate term, Manjra, and the medical team, are still exploring the exact cause of the injury, which Boucher thinks had something to do with the ball. "He's still convinced that the ball hit him," Manjra said. "The amount of damage is not commensurate with simply a bail hitting him, unless there was a freak angle or freak speed and it hit him in a vulnerable spot. In other words, everything just went wrong for him on that day."

Manjra said Boucher remained in good spirits and had continued to "ask a lot of questions because he wants to get a full picture of what happened." His recovery is being aided by his mother, Heather, and girlfriend, Carmen Lotter, who have both moved into his home in Claremont, Cape Town.

It is too early to tell if Boucher will play cricket again, although there have been suggestions that he is interested in representing his franchise, Cape Cobras. Meanwhile, the South African Cricketers' Association has begun the process of assisting Boucher in claiming disability insurance.

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  • Rajendra on July 17, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    Mark is one of the my fav cricketer. I realy like his present on cricket feild his style and attitute. HOPE V SEE U SOON.................

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    It must be a really painful time.....I am positive he will retain his vision as it was before the accident.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    One great player.. I think he's one of the most silent wicket keepers and one of the best produced by RSA. Wish him a quick recovery

  • Amit on July 16, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    I'm really happy to hear.

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    best wishes of cricket lovers around the world are with great player of cricket , get well soon ....

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    best of luck we pray for a quick recovery Mr,Boucher

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 8:56 GMT

    this is the third such injury i know of-sanjay desai of karnataka,saba karim and now boucher

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    This is the second case, to my knowledge of wicketkeepers suffering career-threatening eye damage (after Saba Karim of India). About time ICC made it compulsory for keepers standing up to wear protective headgear, by calling no-ball if not complied with

  • Brian on July 16, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    I am glad that He is healing but im worried about the SA wicketkeeper succession plan...... When Thami was selected many suggested other alternative keepers like Kuhn, De Kock and Vilas...... With Boucher back at Cobras, what will Vilas position be?? Will Boucher be selected as wicketkeeper/batsman while Vilas is selected as a specialist batsman? What will this do to Vilas wicketkeeping ambitions..... OR will Boucher be selected as a specialist batsman while Vilas will be wicketkeeper/batsman...... if so, is there any chance of Boucher ever coming back to the national set up.........

    I say Boucher must just stand on the side and let youngsters come through..

  • Dummy4 on July 16, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Wish you a speedy recovery Champ... You are too goos to be away from Cricket.. May Allah help you hit the ground soon....

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