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Rory Hossell and Gareth Jones named In England’s World Cup squad

10th January 2017

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Rory Hossell and Gareth Jones have received their first call-ups by England and are part of the squad for the 2017 Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup in India. 

Hossell joins his older brother Ed in being selected for the tournament that runs from 31st January to 12th February, whereas Jones will attempt to become a two-sport international having already represented his country at partially-sighted football.

As well as the two new faces, two more players return to the squad after missing England’s most recent series in Australia – they are Nathan Foy and Matt Page.

However, four members of the squad that reclaimed the Blind Cricket Ashes in January 2016 will not be going to the World Cup, with Rob Comber, Mark Bond, Hassan Khan and Amit Amin missing out for a variety of reasons.

After finishing fourth at the first Twenty20 World Cup, in India in 2017 England will be hoping to carry their excellent recent form into the tournament. As well as the previous Twenty20 World Cup, there has been four 40-over World Cups and, in each of those five tournaments, England have finished either third or fourth.

New Zealand’s return after more than a decade out of World Cup cricket means that this will be the first ever tournament to involve 10 countries, as Bangladesh and Nepal have emerged during the Kiwis' absence.

ECB’s Head of Disability Cricket, Ian Martin, said: “The squad has developed so much under Ross Hunter over the last four years I have no doubt that we will be competitive in the tournament. Playing in India is a wonderful experience for cricketers at all levels and our visually impaired squad are no different.

“I know that the team will prepare well and perform to the best of their ability – if they do that then we’ll have a great chance to take on the blind cricket powerhouses of India and Pakistan.”

England Visually Impaired Head Coach, Ross Hunter, added: “I am incredibly excited about this group of players. It is the most talented group that I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with.

“We know that we will need to play two of the best games that we’ve ever played to win the tournament and I think we have the ability within the squad to do that. I think that’s a first for England Visually Impaired cricket, which is fantastic.”

England squad for 2017 Blind Cricket Twenty20 World Cup

B1
Amin Afshari (Kent Spitfires)
Peter Blueitt (Yorkshire Vikings)
Nathan Foy (Warwickshire Bears)
Mahomed Khatri (Warwickshire Bears)
Mark Turnham (Warwickshire Bears)

B2
Gareth Jones (London Metro)
Matt Dean (London Metro)
Matt Page (London Metro)
Rory Hossell (Somerset VICC)
Si Ledwith (Sussex Sharks)

B3
Dan Field (Sussex Sharks)
Ed Hossell (Somerset VICC)
Jimmy Millard (Sussex Sharks)
Justin Hollingsworth (Warwickshire Bears)
Luke Sugg (Captain, Warwickshire Bears)

England’s Group Stage fixtures

Tuesday 31st January
England v India

Wednesday 1st February
England v New Zealand

Thursday 2nd February
England v Pakistan

Friday 3rd February
England v Sri Lanka

Saturday 4th February
England v South Africa

Sunday 5th February
England v Bangladesh

Tuesday 7th February
England v Nepal

Wednesday 8th February
England v Australia

Thursday 9th February
England v West Indies

Knockout Stage schedule

Saturday 11th February
Semi Finals

Sunday 12th February
Final