South Africa news July 15, 2012

'Positive' news for Boucher

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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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  • POSTED BY therajpawar 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.................

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY Amit_4_Sachin on | July 16, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    I'm really happy to hear.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2012, 12:41 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2012, 10:02 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY BlackInWhites 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..

  • POSTED BY 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....

  • POSTED BY therajpawar 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.................

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY Amit_4_Sachin on | July 16, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    I'm really happy to hear.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2012, 12:41 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2012, 10:02 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY BlackInWhites 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..

  • POSTED BY 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....

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    Great news Mark, hope you stay strong and it all goes well

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    Wishing Mark with all the best wishes for quick and complete recovery. I am sure you will bounce back soon in front as well as behind the wicket.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    Mr.999 Get well soon come back play one test to complete 1000 catches. No body can break your present record which will last long for atleast 25 years.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    THANK GOD PRAISE THE LORD great news i have been praying for u GOD BLESS U

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    hope mark gets his eye sight back comes back strongly for CSA to finish the 1000th disimissal. may GOD be with him & his family

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    Get well soon mark.... you have been a tremendous ambassador for world cricket... specially me being a big cricket fan have fond memories of you... looking forward to seeing you on the cricket field soon....

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Very good news for the cricket lovers over the world. Thank god. We all hope and pray - Mark, for your speedy recovery and getting back soon to international arena.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    So glad to hear this! Hoping for more good news about Mark ...

  • POSTED BY shailendra.raghuwanshi on | July 16, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    Get well Soon Boucher...Hope to see u in CPLT20

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    I lost my words to know his present situation! I'm shocked about his situation. I feel deep sorrow for him. I love him very much. If I could do anything for him, I would do. May Allah bless him and keep him well for all the times....

  • POSTED BY wasim_007 on | July 16, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    Good news...get well soon...

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Great news! Wish you speedy recovery Boucher! I am sure CSA and SA Medical Authorities will do their utmost to get his eye site back.

  • POSTED BY SivaSurapaneni on | July 16, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    I am so delighted to hear about Mark's progress. I am 100% confident about full vision restoration, as sclera lacerations are repairable if there is no retinal detachment. I pray God to be kind to Mark and I wish him speedy recovery. Siva

  • POSTED BY luks on | July 16, 2012, 1:47 GMT

    Lets hope for more good news and a full recovery. Get well soon!

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | July 16, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    Good luck to Mark Boucher! I know this is a freak accident but I hope wicket keepers consider wearing some protective gear.

  • POSTED BY on | July 16, 2012, 0:07 GMT

    He is one of my fav: WKeeper .....I hope you will recover soon and break all the remaining records ;)

  • POSTED BY hoko7354 on | July 15, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    Boucher is the Chuck Norris in the cricketing world! He will bounce back from this injury!

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    Good news, our prayers always will be with you for your quick recovery

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    fantastic news Mark. when you make a full recovery, please return to international cricket. 35 is too young to quit for good. Alec Stewart played until he was 39.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 21:19 GMT

    Hope he will get well soon ASAP..:)

  • POSTED BY madras_boy on | July 15, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    Hope he recovers and back to cape cobras soon ...... He is one of the cricketers i admire a lot.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    great news..............all the cricketing world want to see boucher back on the field

  • POSTED BY SCC08 on | July 15, 2012, 20:39 GMT

    Well said Carl Jacob! the ultimate fighter will be back.

  • POSTED BY luvgudcric on | July 15, 2012, 19:18 GMT

    Mark !! I hope you recover soon. May god be with you.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    This is indeed fantastic news........ He has been a great ambasaddor of the game and a true gentleman... we look forward to see him back in south african colours and wishing mark a speedy recovery!!!!!!! we love you boucher!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    looks like my prayer been answered. love u Jesus. please cure his eye soon.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Mark irrespective of the out come of the accident do come back for one international and complete the rare 1000 international victims behind the stumps. Good Luck and Godspeed.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Good News. We will see him playing for SA again.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 17:10 GMT

    that last line in the article is the best.. the board helping out an injured player... SLC needs to do that more often is they need to get the trust of SL players..

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    This is great news, hopefully he fully recovers. He's a class player.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    Boucher is back............................................

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    Best wishes Mark ! May you do a " Kevin Pietersen " . Unretire !

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    Positive news for the Greatest Wicket keeper. Come on bouch u will be stronger than before

  • POSTED BY Reagos on | July 15, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    noone likes to hear about injury or fatality to sportsman especially in the field of play. Great turn of events, a special keeper a wonderful ambassador of the game.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    He's a fighter, and I believe he will be back very soon

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Very relieved to hear the positive news regarding Boucher.Wishing you a speedy recovery. Come on Boucher,you are a fighter.You can do it.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Very happy to hear, wish many more good news as per as MBs eye is concer

  • POSTED BY Mahesh-Cricket on | July 15, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Why does everybody say that Boucher missed his 1,000th dismissal? He actually has dismissed 1000 international batsmen, if one remembers to count the wicket he took while bowling on 02nd May 2005.

    Yes, he bowled in just one test, and got one wicket, and that of Dwayne Bravo for 107 in Antigua.

    Kudos to Bouchy for joining the rare 1000 club!

    Cheers Mahesh

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | July 15, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    A great bit of news. I pray for his complete recovery very soon. He is a legend.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Great News, wish him the best!

  • POSTED BY pb10677 on | July 15, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    best cricket news this week - by a long way.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    He's a fighter, and I believe he will be back very soon. Wish him a speedy recovery!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    He is a very good keeper

  • POSTED BY YashMaster on | July 15, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Woohoo!! That's great news! :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Please Come Back Boucher !!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Thats absolutely great. This article made my day...!

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | July 15, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    As someone whose chance of becoming a serious cricketer was ended by a detached retina at age 23, I know what Bouch is going through and I'm sure he will be heaving a sigh of relief. Hopefully he will regain full sight in his eye and be able to play again at least at recreational level. This is good news.

  • POSTED BY adnan_rifat84 on | July 15, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    That's such a god news. Hope he recover his injury soon.

  • POSTED BY ashes61 on | July 15, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    If this positive comment turns out to be true then it's great news. Let's hope so. Interesting that Boucher thinks it may have been the ball. Although most reports said it was the bail, others said the replay was inconclusive, and the one I've seen online is certainly inconclusive. All cricket fans will wish him well.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Great news!! Come on Bouch! I want to see you play for the Cobras!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | July 15, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Top news. I didn't realise it was quite as serious as permanent loss of vision! Phew!

  • POSTED BY Shafaet_001 on | July 15, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    At last a good news. Boucher is a fighter,he wont lose to the injury!

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  • POSTED BY Shafaet_001 on | July 15, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    At last a good news. Boucher is a fighter,he wont lose to the injury!

  • POSTED BY Meety on | July 15, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Top news. I didn't realise it was quite as serious as permanent loss of vision! Phew!

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Great news!! Come on Bouch! I want to see you play for the Cobras!

  • POSTED BY ashes61 on | July 15, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    If this positive comment turns out to be true then it's great news. Let's hope so. Interesting that Boucher thinks it may have been the ball. Although most reports said it was the bail, others said the replay was inconclusive, and the one I've seen online is certainly inconclusive. All cricket fans will wish him well.

  • POSTED BY adnan_rifat84 on | July 15, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    That's such a god news. Hope he recover his injury soon.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | July 15, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    As someone whose chance of becoming a serious cricketer was ended by a detached retina at age 23, I know what Bouch is going through and I'm sure he will be heaving a sigh of relief. Hopefully he will regain full sight in his eye and be able to play again at least at recreational level. This is good news.

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    Thats absolutely great. This article made my day...!

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Please Come Back Boucher !!!!!

  • POSTED BY YashMaster on | July 15, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    Woohoo!! That's great news! :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 15, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    He is a very good keeper