Jacques Faul, CSA's acting chief executive, has paid tribute to Mark Boucher's "wonderful contribution" to the South Africa team after the wicketkeeper's enforced retirement from international cricket. Boucher was expected to step away from South Africa duty at the end of the tour of England but sustained an eye injury during the tour match at Somerset that has hastened his exit.
He retires with a world record 998 international dismissals as a wicketkeeper, including 555 in 147 Tests, leaving South Africa facing a quandary as to his successor for the Test series against England that will decide the No. 1 ranking.
"It is sad indeed that Mark Boucher's retirement from international cricket has had to be announced under such untimely circumstances," Faul said. "We were all looking forward to the contribution he was going to make to the Test series in England and the challenge for the World No. 1 ranking and to salute him on achieving the landmark of 150 Test matches.