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England's Squad for the 2012 Blind Cricket Ashes

17th May 2012

The England squad has been confirmed for the Blind Cricket Ashes. The 19 man squad will compete in 3 Ashes & 4 Twenty20 matches from Wednesday 30th May to Tuesday 5th June 2012.

The Squad is:

Amit Amin (London Metro)
Peter Blueitt (Yorkshire VICC)
Dave Gavrilovic (Northants Steelbacks)
Steve Humphreys (London Metro)
Hassan Khan (London Metro)
Mo Khatri (Warwickshire Bears)

Rob Comber (Sussex Sharks)
Gavin Dean (London Metro)
Matt Dean (London Metro, Captain)
Dan Field (Sussex Sharks)
Joe Harrison (Sussex Sharks)
Justin Hollingsworth (Warwickshire Bears)
Ryan Jones (London Metro)
Ryan Leighton (Warwickshire Bears)
Matt Paige (Hampshire VICC)
Andy Powers (Hampshire VICC)
Dave Powers (Warwickshire Bears)
Luke Sugg (Warwickshire Bears, Vice Captain)
Heindrich Swanepoel (London Metro)

The squad contains 9 uncapped players with Hassan Khan & Mo Khatri the only b1s to have represented their country before where as partials Rob Comber, Justin Hollingsworth, Ryan Jones, Ryan Leighton & Matt Paige are also hoping to make their England debuts.

Hampshire, Northants & Yorkshire are all set to have their first England players. London Metro have the highest number of players in the squad with 7 of the 19 from their club.

Dave Gavrilovic is one of the most unusual names to be selected, only Heindrich Swanepoel from the current squad has been playing blind cricket longer than Dave yet this is the first time the Northants captain has been picked for England. Dave could also become only the second person after Keryn Seal to have played blind cricket as a partially sighted player before losing his sight & going on to play internationally as a b1. When you take into account he had 4 months out injured over the winter it certainly makes Dave an unlikely player to have made the squad & shows the value of hard work.

Another noteable name in the squad is 15-year-old Justin Hollingsworth, the Warwickshire all rounder will join a very small group of Englishmen to have played international cricket under the age of 16 if he makes his debut this summer.

Amit Amin is set to make his international debut at a second sport in as many years. In 2011 Amit played Lawn Bowls for England and won a silver medal in his debut international competition.

A number of the young & talented new players in this squad were found via the ECB VI Cricket development programme that ran during 2011 to find new players for the England set-up.

It’s worth noting that 75% of this squad are aged under 30, so it’s likely a lot of these names will appear regularly in future England squads.

For the full schedule of the Ashes & Twenty20 series this summer please see the below article.