Boucher was a good cricketer - Pollock

Former Proteas captain Shaun Pollock says Boucher deserved a great send-off.

Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher. Picture: Supersport

CAPE TOWN - Former Proteas captain Shaun Pollock on Tuesday said Mark Boucher deserved a great send-off at the end of his career.

The record breaking South African wicketkeeper announced his retirement earlier on Tuesday.

He is recovering from surgery after he was hit in the eye with a bail while playing for the Proteas on Monday.

The team was playing against Somerset in Taunton at the time of the incident.

Pollock said finishing on high would have been great for Boucher.

"It's very sad. It would have been wonderful for him to have a nice send-off."

Pollock added Boucher was a good cricketer, teammate and friend.

"He was always up for a fight and willing to give his best. I enjoyed all the matches I played with him."

Meanwhile, former Proteas cricketer Paul Adams said he had a lump in his throat when he heard about Boucher's injury.

"Mark is a fighter, he'll get through this. We're all behind him."

Cricket supporters have taken to social networking sites to say their goodbyes.

Freedom Maseko tweeted "Mark Boucher trending worldwide #TrueLegend! #BoucherRetires

Arno Dolz wrote "Thank you for all the years of dedication to SA cricket! A true legend of the game. Here's to a speedy recovery! #BoucherRetires

Ross Chapman said, "Congrats to Mark Boucher on great career. One of the best wicketkeeper/batsmen ever. Pleasure to watch. #BoucherRetires