'Retired' Proteas glove man Boucher finds new passion in saving rhinos

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 08:50 hrs

Former South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher, after sudden departure from all forms of cricket, has replaced his love of cricket with his passion to save the rhinos.

South Africa's longest-serving wicketkeeper had the opportunity to say farewell to his former team-mates and his supporters during the Proteas' second Test against Pakistan at Newlands, in Cape Town, on Saturday, sports24 reports.

Boucher was forced to retire after he was struck in the eye by a flying bail during a warm-up game at the start of the Proteas' tour of England last year.

As a result of the freak accident, he lost the lens and iris of his left eye and said he had undergone seven or eight operations since then, to try and restore his sight.

He was able to distinguish some colours and shapes but had no clarity of vision.

According to the report, Boucher had no regrets about ending his cricket career, but said he was grateful the incident happened at the end of his career and not at the beginning.

He said he was enjoying his golf far too much to miss playing cricket and had transferred his passion for the game into working towards saving the rhino, the report said.

He was working in partnership with SA Breweries to tackle the problem and their non-profit organization aimed to raise enough funds to register South Africa's 18 000 rhino on a DNA database, it added. (ANI)

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