Cape Town: Former South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has revealed that he has lost the lens, iris and pupil of his left eye and admitted he is "unlikely to play professional cricket in the near future" as a result of the sickening injury he sustained in England last month.
Boucher, the veteran of 147 Tests and 292 ODIs, was forced out of South Africa’s tour of England when a bail hit him in the eye during a warm-up match against Somerset on July 9. He had previously announced his intention of retiring from international cricket at the end of the three-Test series, but a day after his horrific injury Boucher confirmed his retirement.
The 35-year-old underwent an emergency operation in England and then flew home for further surgery in Cape Town. His medical team was confident that Boucher had a "reasonable recovery" of the vision in his left eye, but in his first interaction with the South African media since the accident, Boucher on Wednesday admitted he is unlikely to play any more professional cricket.
"It has been a difficult time for me mentally and physically. I have lost the lens, iris and pupil in my left eye. There was severe damage to my retina,” he said. "I have had two major operations and four blood draining operations in the past three weeks and physically, at times, I have been in a lot of pain.
"I believe I am in good hands with my eye specialist and I accept that the healing process is a long one and that attaining some vision in my left eye will take some time and a lot of patience.
"It does get uncomfortable at times and being a sportsman, I want to be active and outdoors but, without a pupil, I find any amount of sunlight very harsh and have thus been restricted to the confines of my home.
"It is unlikely that I will play any professional cricket again in the near future, which is very unfortunate as I was looking forward to contributing as a player for the Cobras. The risk of additional damage to my left eye or even damage to the other eye doesn't warrant it."