Cape Town - Retired Proteas wicketkeeper Mark Boucher is to direct his energy towards a project to save the country's rhino population from extinction.
“Right now, I can think of nothing better than to follow my passion, which is wildlife,” he told reporters in Cape Town.
“I am proud to announce that together with SAB and its Castle Lager brand... we are in the process of setting up the SAB-Boucher non-profit company (NPC).”
Boucher said it was highly unlikely that he would return to the field, both at internationally and local level.
Boucher and his doctor said he lost his iris, lens and pupil when a bail hit his eye during the Proteas tour to England last month.
He would now be involved in raising money through the “Our Rhinos in Safe Hands” campaign.
“The NPC aims to raise enough money to register South Africa's 18,000 rhinos on the DNA database established and run by the veterinary genetics laboratory at the faculty of veterinary science, University of Pretoria at Onderstepoort,” SAB said in a statement.
The company had set an initial target of raising R1 million.
Boucher said: “Such a system will not only manage the population that we have, but will also assist in the prosecution of offenders, by linking the crime scene to the recovered horn.” - Sapa