Mark Boucher Eye Injury Video: South African Cricketer Retires
South African Wicketkeeper Mark Boucher: Permanent Eye Injury Feared
Mark Boucher has retired from international cricket after suffering a heinous eye injury.
Mark Boucher was hit in the eye by a bail (one of the crosspieces of a wicket) in South Africa's first day of its England tour, against Somerset. Boucher is described as the most successful wicketkeeper in test cricket history. Boucher retires on 999 (including on ea s a fielder), and would almost certainly have broken 1,000 had he finished the tour.
You can see the Mark Boucher eye injury video below. It doesn't look that bad at first, but the white of his eyeball was lacerated. The bail may have caused permanent damage, but it's too soon to tell for sure: Boucher's eye was too swollen to properly diagnose.
Proteas captain Graeme Smith said, "He'll go down as one of the greats in the game, certainly one of the greats of South African cricket, but right now we're more worried about Mark the person and getting him through this situation. For the 14 years of his South Africa career he has been a true Proteas warrior, a patriotic South African, and a fighter who asked nothing and gave everything. He gave one hundred percent for this team and he has been more than a performer: he has been a motivator, an inspirer and an energizer and a very good friend to many of us."
Cricket South Africa CEO Jacques Faul said, "I would like to thank him on behalf of the entire South African cricket family for the wonderful contribution he has made to the success of the Proteas over a period of 15 years. For 14 of those years he has been our first-choice wicketkeeper and has also captained the Proteas in both Test matches and the ODI format."
Meanwhile, other international cricket stars lauded Mark Boucher's career, lamenting that it ended the way it did. Mark Boucher had intended to retire after the Proteas' tour of England.