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I'm not sure where the winter went and the new season seems to have come round very quick, particularly since New Year.

It is really pleasing to report that whilst we have entered a period of deliberation over what a new national competition for our physical and learning disabled cricketers might look like it hasn’t prevented new counties coming forward and entering into inter-county fixtures.

This year sees more counties and therefore more players than ever engaged in inter-county fixtures.

This hasn’t come as a complete surprise at all. One of the reasons for dissolving the old national competition was that our insight told us that there were more counties engaged in disability cricket not entering the competition than actually were.

The next two seasons will see us gather more information on playing standards through and also more information on the performance of players in different profile categories.

For those of you not familiar with profiles - these are the categories which people with physical disabilities are allocated according to the nature of their impairment.

We will be gathering data from all of the matches played to ascertain which profile group is the most influential in matches. Once we have a significant amount of data from matches played we can then sit and look at whether a points based system relating to those profiles that consistently contain the strongest performers would be relevant for cricket.

The disabled game is going through an unparalleled level of investment and transition and our intention is to reintroduce a national county championship in 2015 that is more appealing, better structured and with more teams than the one it replaced.

I’d like to extend a big welcome to Ross Hunter who has been appointed as the new Head Coach of the England Blind Team. Ross played second XI cricket as a wicketkeeper-batsman for Hampshire and also represented England U17s. I know he can’t wait to get started in his role and is looking forward to meeting the players in the coming weeks.

One of our England Blind Cricketers will be crowned as England Disabled Cricketer of Year next Monday night in the Long Room at Lord's.

The England Cricketer of the Year dinner is a real highlight where the senior men's and womens' teams are joined by representatives from one of our disability teams and the players of the year from each team are honoured.

Hope you have a great season wherever you are.

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