Tuesday, August 3, 2010

England blind squad unveiled

3 August 2010

England Blind

England blind, under the stewardship of newly-apppointed coach Chris Porter, clash with India in four ODIs starting on August 10

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England blind coach Chris Porter has named a 13-man squad for the one-day series with India, to be played in the West Midlands, from August 10-14 2010.

The team, led by captain Matthew Dean, will play four one-day internationals - two at Malvern CC and one each at Barnards Green CC and Rugby CC.

The two teams will be fighting for the number two slot in the rankings behind world leading side Pakistan ahead of next year's World Cup.

Ian Martin, national disabilities cricket manager, said: "This is a series that we are all looking forward to between the two countries closest to chasing down Pakistan as the best team in the world.

"England know just what they have to do after losing to Pakistan in Sharjah in April. This series represents the chance to cement themselves as the number one challengers to Pakistan's world crown.

"This is the first home series under newly-appointed coach Chris Porter. He will be looking for a good performance from his squad."

Dennis Hodgkins, regional development manager for the English Federation of Disability Sport, said: "The chance to support an international series between England and India's blind cricketers is for us significant, it demonstrates the commitment made by the governing body of the sport, plus other partners.

"The healthy and long-term relationship English Federation of Disability Sport has enjoyed with the energy company npower has enabled us to deliver and grow sporting opportunities for many disabled people."

England blind squad

Matt Dean (captain, Welling)
Gavin Dean (Welling)
Dan Field (Brighton)
Nathan Foy (Cardiff)
Joe Harrison (Brighton)
Mohammed Khatri (Leicester)
Jagdish Pata (Leicester)
Andy Powers (Rugeley)
Dave Powers (Rugeley)
Luke Sugg (Wedditch)
Heindrich Swanepoel (Welling)
Mark Turnham (Birmingham)
Roy Turnham (Liverpool)

Match schedule

Tues August 10: 1st ODI, Malvern CC
Weds August 11: 2nd ODI, Malvern CC
Fri August 13: 3rd ODI, Barnards Green CC
Sat August 14: 4th ODI, Rugby CC

All matches start at 10.30am

England Cricket Board (ECB)

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