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Hunter new England Visually Impaired coach

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The England and Wales Cricket Board has appointed Ross Hunter as the new Head Coach of the England Visually Impaired cricket team.

The former Hampshire and Derbyshire second XI wicketkeeper-batsman, who represented England Under-17s, replaces Chris Porter, who stepped down from the role after the T20 World Cup in December 2012. Hunter, a fully qualified Level 3 cricket coach, brings experience of working with established first-class county players and Hampshire's visually impaired cricketers to the part-time paid role.

ECB Head of Disability Cricket Ian Martin said: "I'm delighted to welcome Ross Hunter to the role of Head Coach of the England Visually Impaired cricket team.

"There was a high volume of interest in this post and we interviewed a number of experienced candidates which illustrates the current strength of disability cricket in England and Wales. Ross impressed the interview panel with his wealth of experience coaching visually impaired people blended with a high level of understanding of performance-level cricket.

"I wish Ross every success working with the England Visually Impaired team in what is an exciting time for disability cricket."

Ross Hunter will begin working with the England Visually Impaired cricket squad in May giving him time to put plans in place before a possible international series overseas in 2014.

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