KKR acquires services of Boucher as 'keeping consultant

Former South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher will join his former teammate Jacques Kallis, who is head coach of the franchise, in the Knight Riders team management.

Mark Boucher was forced to give up his international career for South Africa after an eye injury in 2012.   -  K. Bhagya Prakash

Kolkata Knight Riders has roped in former South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher as a wicketkeeping consultant for the remainder of IPL 2016.

Boucher, who played more than 450 international matches, was reportedly signed after the tournament began. He will join his former teammate Jacques Kallis, who is head coach of the franchise, in the Knight Riders team management. Knight Riders has two wicketkeeper-batsmen in their current squad - Robin Uthappa, who is the first-choice keeper, and Saurashtra's Sheldon Jackson.

Boucher has played in the IPL previously, turning out for Royal Challengers Bangalore between 2008 and 2010, and Knight Riders in 2011. He played 147 Tests, 295 ODIs and 25 T20Is, notching up a record 998 international dismissals, before a freak eye injury ended his career.

Boucher is the latest to join a group of high-profile South African coaches in the IPL. This includes Delhi Daredevils coach Paddy Upton, Mumbai Indians fielding coach Jonty Rhodes, Rising Pune Supergiants bowling coach.

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