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Mark Boucher regains A+ contract

South African wicket-keeper Mark Boucher had played a crucial role in the team's win over Pakistan last week in the Champions Trophy.

india Updated: Oct 31, 2006 16:28 IST

South African wicket-keeper Mark Boucher, who played a crucial role in the team's win over Pakistan last week in the Champions Trophy, has regained his A+ contract.

This was announced by cricket CEO Gerald Majola.

"Mark has regained his A+ contract following some outstanding performances and for his overall contribution to the Proteas' team effort during the 2006-07 season so far," Majola said.

"Mark's A + contract was amended to A after he was dropped for the tour to India in November 2004, after a loss of form and a decline in his very high standards. He was told at the time that should he regain his previous form, he would be re-selected and then his contract would be reviewed annually.

"He returned to the team for the 4th Castle Test against England in Johannesburg in January 2005 and he has been working very hard. His commitment and skills have come to fruition again during this season. His batting averages for Tests and ODIs so far this season are 46.50 and 65.25 respectively and he has taken a number of superb catches that have turned matches for the Proteas.

"Two of his stand-out innings were the 50 off 43 balls that helped set a new world record against Australia at Liberty Life Wanderers Stadium in the final match of the Standard Bank ODI Series, and his 69 off 98 balls was a major factor in the Proteas' win against Pakistan to reach the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy."