Mark Boucher "unlikely" to play professional cricket in near future

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Mark Boucher is unlikely to make a swift return to professional cricket after his eye injury.

Former South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher has revealed that it is "unlikely" he will be able to play professional cricket in the near future.

Boucher has undergone a series of operations since suffering a freak eye injury last month and was forced to retire from international cricket.

The 35-year-old was hopeful of continuing his professional career, but he has ruled out a return to the game in the immediate future.

"It has been a difficult time for me mentally and physically," Boucher said.

"I have had two major operations and four blood draining operations in the past three weeks and physically, at times, I have been in a lot of pain.

"It is unlikely that I will play any professional cricket again in the near future, which is very unfortunate as I was looking forward to contributing as a player for the Cobras."

Boucher made 999 dismissals in his international career.

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