Former England batsman and BBC TV's Strictly Come Dancing winner Mark Ramprakash will be among the guests at this year's annual England Physical Disability XI v Army XI charity match, which will be held in Birmingham next Saturday (June 22nd).
Ramprakash, who will be joined by former England captain Mike Gatting, will assist with the coaching of youngsters and sign autographs prior to the 40-over-a-side contest, which will be hosted by Bournville Cricket Club from 1pm.
The charity cricket day, which is in aid of the Bill Lloyd Memorial Trust, will also feature a range of other attractions including the ECB's Cricket Factory project, an Army activity display, a jazz band and a bat-making demonstration.
The annual fixture, now in its third year, is part of ECB's wider commitment to promoting disability cricket with more than 1,300 players playing the game nationwide and competing for places in four different national squads; Physical Disability, Visually Impaired, Deaf and Learning Disabilities. In addition, more than 59,000 schoolchildren with special needs accessed cricket last year through the The Cricket Foundation's Chance to Shine programme.
ECB Chief Executive David Collier, who will attend Saturday's fixture together with ECB Chairman Giles Clarke and senior representatives from the ICC, said: "With more than 100 cricket clubs nationwide now offering disability cricket, this is one of the fastest growing areas of our grassroots game and we are working closely with all our County Boards to ensure that even more disabled people can play cricket at a local level.
"We are very grateful to the Army Cricket Association, ABF The Soldiers' Charity, the Warwickshire Cricket Board and Bournville CC for their help in organising this fixture and would urge all cricket fans in the West Midlands area to come along on Saturday and show their support for what is a very worthy cause."