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England ready to face world champions

27th May 2015

Si Ledwith

The England Visually Impaired cricket team are set to face One Day and Twenty20 world champions India in a series that runs from Sunday 24th May until Saturday 30th May.

The series takes in games at Leamington Cricket Club, Wolverhampton Cricket Club, Arundel Castle cricket club and for the first time England test match venue The Oval.

The England squad includes ECB disabled cricketer of the year Luke Sugg as well as the returns of Nathan Foy and Rob Comber plus a first call up for 16-year-old Joshua Nonet-Black.

Seven counties contribute players to the squad with Warwickshire leading the way with four players. If Joshua Nonet-Black earns his first cap during the summer he will be Surrey’s first visually impaired cricketer to represent his country.

The two players returning to the squad are after very different length absences, Rob Comber only missed the 2014 World Cup where as Nathan Foy hasn’t played for England since 2010. Five players who helped England to finish fourth at the 2014 World Cup in South Africa have missed out on selection for this tour including Amit Amin, Gavin Dean, Jason Aughton, Mark Bond & Ryan Jones.

ECB’s Head of Disability Ian Martin said: “These are exciting times for disability cricket with the need for more international disability cricket matches a key strategic priority for ECB. We are certainly meeting that challenge with national squads being involved in three series in the next three months. Selection for all of the squads has been tough with many talented players missing out on selection which is great credit to the work being done at all levels of our pathway to increase the talent pool."

The series against the defending World Champions in both international formats will feature three England versus India One Day Internationals (40 overs per side) and three Twenty20 Internationals between the same sides.

Commenting on the squad and upcoming series Ross Hunter, England VI Head Coach said: “We are very excited by the potential of this squad and delighted they will get the opportunity to play at iconic cricket venues like The Kia Oval and Arundel. There is a mix of experience and youth in the squad, and intense training over the next few months will focus on challenging current techniques and ways of doing things to take the group to the next level.”

England squad

Hassan Khan (London Metro)
Joshua Nonet-Black (Surrey VICC)
Kelvin Duncan (Sussex Sharks)
Mo Khatri (Warwickshire Bears)
Nathan Foy (Warwickshire Bears)
Peter Blueitt (Yorkshire VICC)

Matt Dean (London Metro, One Day Captain)
Matt Page (London Metro)
Rob Comber (Kent Spitfires)
Si Ledwith (Sussex Sharks)

Dan Field (Sussex Sharks)
Ed Hossell (Somerset VICC)
Jimmy Millard (Sussex Sharks)
Justin Hollingsworth (Warwickshire Bears)
Luke Sugg (Warwickshire Bears, Twenty20 Captain)

Series schedule

Sunday 24th May: First One Day International
At Leamington CC
10.30 start

Monday 25th May: Second One Day International
At Wolverhampton CC
10.30 start

Thursday 28th May: First Twenty20 International
At The Kia Oval
17.30 start

Friday 29th May: Third One Day International
At Arundel Castle CC
10.30 start

Saturday 30th May: Second and Third Twenty20 Internationals
At Arundel Castle CC
10.30 & 14.30 starts