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Let's make history

Posted in Disability Cricket

I always seem to start these blogs apologising for not writing more often and I shall do so again this time.

The last few months have passed with a blink of an eye and as I sit here penning this blog, it dawns on me that we depart in a few days.

However exciting it is to be involved on a personal level, we approach this tour as one, a squad with a common goal and no one person is more important than the team.

We must remember that only two years ago this tour was a dream - something that was desired rather than expected.

This squad will have been together for 14 months when we board the plane for Dubai and however you look at it, we are still in our infancy.

During our weekend at Loughborough, we enjoyed our most intense camp yet, with coaches Chris Ellison and Will Kitchen putting the lads through their paces and the hard work is paying off.

We are seeing the squad change in terms of their physical shape, mental attitude, ability to deliver tactical plans and also the way they conduct themselves away from the group.

When you combine all of these factors, it is easy to understand why we will fly to Dubai with an inner belief that we can deliver on the big stage.

At this point, I feel it is only fair to reflect on what this tour actually stands for.

Over the years, many people have fought tirelessly to promote physical disability cricket, none more so than Ian Martin, ECB's National Disability Manager. Without him and the support from everybody at ECB, I doubt this tour would ever have been possible.

England Physical Disability Team

The England Physical Disability squad get a few last minute pointers during a training session at the National Cricket Performance Centre

Due to this incredible hard work, we now have the chance to represent not only ourselves, our county, our country, but also the thousands of physically disabled people around the world.

We have a huge responsibility to match and exceed the high standards set by previous disability touring squads. Now is the time for us to stand up and be counted, wear the three lions with pride and make history.

Next stop Dubai...