It is too early to say whether Boucher can play cricket again
Former South Africa wicketkeeper batsman Mark Boucher received positive news from his surgeon about possibly regaining the vision back in his left eye, which was hit by bail during a warm up match against Somerset.
Boucher’s surgeon, Shuaib Manjra spoke to the Sunday Times and said that there was “no obvious detachment of the retina which is very positive.”
According to the surgeon, Boucher can recognise hand movements and detect where light is coming from, but Manjra noted that the wicketkeeper batsman would still need to undergo more surgery, which would be followed by months of other procedures in order to determine the severity of the damage done to his left eye, and how long it may take to recover.
As of right now, Manjra and his medical team are still trying to figure out what the exact cause of the injury was, which Boucher claims had something to do with the ball hitting him.
“He’s still convinced that the ball hit him, 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.
Manjra added that Boucher was in good spirits and continues to “ask a lot of questions because he wants to get a full picture of what happened.”
Boucher is currently staying at his home in Cape Town, where his mother, Heather, and girlfriend, Carmen Lotter, have moved in to help him with his recovery.
Manjra also stated that it was too early to tell whether Boucher will be able to play cricket again, but the wicketkeeper batsman has been showing a lot of interest in representing his franchise, the Cape Cobras.
Furthermore, the South African Cricketers’ Association have started the process of helping Boucher claim disability insurance.