Blind squad for India

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The England blind cricket selectors have selected nine of the players that were involved in last December's World Cup in Pakistan for the international series against India in August.

Northants duo Mahomed Khatri and Jagdisch Pata and Warwickshire pair Roy Turnham and Andy Briant, all of whom are uncapped, have also been named.

At 16 years of age Khatri is the youngest member of the squad and has only been blind for 15 months but is ecstatic about his selection.

"I am really excited and glad to get this chance. I can't wait to get my first cap and can't wait to go out there and show everyone what I can do," he said.

"A lot of people said they thought I was getting better but I was still quite surprised I got in."

International director Miles Northwood is eagerly anticipating the series with the World Cup finalists.

Northwood said: "This is a rebuilding situation for England but India are probably favourites for the series as they were finalists at the World Cup.

"Obviously we want to win the series but the most important thing is giving players international experience and developing a squad for the future."

The series starts in late August and features five matches, three of which will be at Worcestershire's county ground New Road and Rory Field will take on the role of player/coach for the first time.

Interational fixtures:

Mon Aug 21 & Tues 22: New Road, Worcester
Thurs Aug 23: Redditch
Sat Aug 25: Royal Grammar School, Worcester
Sun Aug 26: New Road, Worcester

England squad:

B1: Andy Briant (Warwickshire), Nathan Foy (Warwickshire), Mahomed Khatri (Northamptonshire), Keryn Seal (South Wales), Mark Turnham (Warwickshire), Roy Turnham (Warwickshire).

B2: Matt Dean (London Metro), Rory Field (London Metro), Sam Murray (Worcestershire), Jagdisch Pata (Northamptonshire), Heindrich Swanepoel (South Wales).

B3: Dan Field (Sussex), Joe Harrison (Sussex), Andy Powers (Warwickshire), Dave Powers (London Metro), Luke Sugg (Warwickshire).