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Boucher wants to play again

2012-07-15 17:10

Cape Town - Former Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher is hopeful that he could return to play domestic cricket for the Cape Cobras in future.

Boucher, 35, was struck in the left eyeball by a bail on the first day of South Africa's opening match of their tour of England against Somerset last week. After undergoing surgery he announced his retirement from international cricket the next day.

The TimesLive website reports that Boucher might yet regain sight in his left eye. He received good news on Saturday after an ultrasound at the Peninsula Eye Clinic in Cape Town revealed "no obvious detachment of the retina". He can also recognise hand movements and, crucially, identify direction of light with the injured eye.

His doctor, Shuaib Manjra, said on Saturday that while Boucher still faced exploratory surgery and months in recovery, he wanted to take to the field again for the Cape Cobras.

"You know, Bouch is a very stoical individual, a great character who has great tenacity, and that's the way he's dealing with it.

"There's no obvious detachment of the retina, which is very positive. But, clearly, we can't say it's 100%, because we still need to go in physically and have a look at it."

Sport24

Comments
  • Rudzani Muhanganei - 2012-07-15 17:47

    Good luck Mark Boucher. Wish u a speedy recovery & a return to the sport you love

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-16 13:28

      tsolikile is the best choice because he is a great quota player, no more place for boucher

      Johann - 2012-07-16 13:39

      Tom, gaan weg.

      lynda.schenck - 2012-08-21 13:10

      Dont you people read? RETIRED from International cricket - that means no 1000th wicket. Would like to play for Cobras.... thats not international Eish!!!

  • lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-07-15 17:58

    Yes, Mark, please come back and get that 1000.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-16 13:29

      you cant actually score 1000 runs in one innings, no one has done it before, clueless

      lynda.schenck - 2012-07-16 14:37

      Tom - you show your stupidity! He is currently on 999 international wickets. No one said anything about runs - you fool!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-16 16:49

      brian lara scored 700 once, but 1000? i think thats out of the question

  • rob.tubbs.39 - 2012-07-15 18:12

    Go for it Mark. We want to see you on the field again.....

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-16 13:29

      who is "we"?

  • Cassandra Eileen Olivier - 2012-07-15 18:21

    I am so glad to hear the good news! If you want to play again then why not

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-16 13:29

      because he is useless. t*ts or gtfo

  • lodewyk.fred - 2012-07-15 19:26

    Please Mark man, stay away, we just thought it was one choker less.

      nathan.barnes.503 - 2012-07-15 21:26

      Class A troll. Final 1/10. Must try harder.

      staal.burgher - 2012-07-15 23:19

      wtf fred?

      TravieGrif - 2012-07-16 08:18

      What kind of human being are you that you would wish injury on another? Mate, that deserves a really hard look in the mirror.

  • steveroodt - 2012-07-16 10:09

    I really Hope this is true great sportsman all the best Mark

      steveroodt - 2012-07-16 11:14

      A thumbs down on this comment (Really....) The Trolls are out go hide under the bridge where you belong in the mud and slime and whatever else is flowing under your Damp Abode.

  • Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-16 10:18

    I am glad that He is healing but im worried about the SA wicketkeeper succession plan...... When Tsolekile was selected many suggested other younger 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..

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-16 10:41

      Chill Watchman.

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-07-16 12:03

      Saw this exact coment on cricinfo.com Posted by BlackInWhites on (July 16 2012, 07:02 AM 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.." Be original please!

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-16 14:05

      Sonnyjakes - What if they are the same person??? Stupid

      Sonnyjakes - 2012-07-16 14:55

      Takes you 2 hours to come up with an answer like that?

      Hansie.Crook - 2012-07-16 15:07

      Yeah it takes me 2 hours to make sense of what dumb asses write..... #Now Hide#

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