Bangalore, Jul 27: Former South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher will undergo further surgery to improve his vision, his doctor has said on Thursday.
Boucher, who was hit by a bail during a warm-up match in England recently and retired the next day from international cricket, has already undergone surgery and is at home now.
There is some encouraging news when the doctor said "he will have a reasonable recovery of the vision in his left eye."
On Thursday, his doctor released a statement on behalf of Boucher. Here it is.
"Mark Boucher has asked his General Practitioner, Dr Peter Sandell, to release the following statement with regard to his recent eye surgery.
"Mark is currently in the recuperation stage after recent surgery to his left eye. Due to the severity of the injury, as well as the pain related to the recent lengthy surgical procedure, Mark has been strictly house-bound.
"While it is impossible to predict the long term outcome of Mark's eye injury, his medical team are nevertheless cautiously optimistic that he will have a reasonable recovery of the vision in his left eye. Over the next 3 to 6 months, Mark will undergo further surgery procedures in an attempt to improve his vision."
His manager, Donne Commins, confirms that Mark has thus not been in a position to respond to e-mails, interview requests and numerous messages of goodwill, but would like to convey his sincerest thanks to his friends, Cricket South Africa, the public, as well as many cricket lovers, for the sympathy that they have shown him.
He intends responding to specific media requests for interviews as soon as he is able to do so."