16 Jul 2012

Boucher could play again - doctor

7:46 am on 16 July 2012

The doctor treating former South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher says he could regain some vision in his left eye and play cricket again.

Shuaib Manjra told the Sunday Times tests had not shown any detachment of the retina after the player was hit by a bail last Monday in a freak accident during a warm-up match for a three-Test series in England.

Manjra says Boucher, 35, would need several more procedures and added that medics had been astonished at the level of damage inflicted when the bail was dislodged by an Imran Tahir delivery.

A spokesperson for Boucher, whose Test career spanned 15 years, says he has been watching the Tour de France and reading messages of support.