Bangalore, Jul 12: Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq, on Thursday, described the recently retired South African wicketkeeper as an "inspirational cricketer" and added that his departure from the game had "saddened" them.
Boucher, on Tuesday, was forced to retire from international cricket after sustaining a serious eye injury on Monday during their warm-up game against Somerset. Boucher had to undergo surgery after a bail hit his eyeball.
In a statement posted on Cricket South Africa (CSA) website on Thursday, Misbah said, "The news of Mark's injury and retirement has saddened us all. Mark was an inspirational cricketer and one of the finest all time wicketkeepers the game has ever produced. A true competitor, he has been a role model for many young cricketers. I, on behalf of my team, salute his contributions to the game of Cricket and wish him best of luck for his future."
Misbah is currently leading Pakistan in a Test match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele.
The report also added that Pakistan Cricket Board's (PCB) Chairman Zaka Ashraf, in a message to President Cricket South Africa Dr Willie Basson, had extended his and his board's sympathies to the South African board and cricket fans on this tragedy terming it a loss to the game of cricket. He also wished Boucher an early recovery from the injury he sustained.