Boucher announces retirement

2012-07-10 13:13

South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has retired from international cricket after suffering a severe eye injury during his country’s tour match against Somerset, team captain Graeme Smith revealed.

Smith confirmed today in a statement on Boucher’s behalf that the Proteas’ veteran was retiring.

“It is with sadness, and in some pain, that I make this announcement. Due to the severity of my eye injury, I will not be able to play International cricket again,” the veteran wicketkeeper said.

“I had 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 you’s 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 past 24 hours. I am deeply touched by all the well wishes. I wish the team well in the UK, as I head home and onto a road of uncertain recovery.”

Smith also gave a personal message to the teammate and friend he has been playing with for the past 14 years: “Bouch, we have walked a long road together, and we are saddened to part under these circumstances.

“For the 14 years of your International career, you have been a true Proteas warrior, a patriotic South African, a fighter who asks nothing and gives everything. You have been a 100 percenter for this team.

“You have been more than a performer, you have been a motivator, an inspirer, an energizer … and a good friend to many. You leave us today with sad hearts, but also with a deep gratitude for your contributions to our team, and to us as people.

“The fighting spirit you brought to team remains with us. We wish you a good as possible recovery from your injury. As we bid you a farewell as an International cricketer and wish you well for your future, we keep you as a friend and respected Proteas warrior.”

– Sport24

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