PD squad face the media
Posted in Disability Cricket
Our Physical Disability squad got a real taste of what it's like to be international cricketers yesterday as they assembled at the National Cricket Performance Centre for a pre-arranged media day prior to their departure to Dubai next weekend for their series against Pakistan.
Team manager Neil Bradshaw and I got to Loughborough 10 minutes before the courier arrived with what seemed like the world’s biggest collection of cardboard boxes full of kit.
A Herculean effort saw us sort the kit in a couple of hours, finishing just as the boys started to arrive.
The sense of excitement and anticipation was tangible as the squad turned up in their county kit and opened their new kit bags and changed into their newly issued England gear. If they didn't realise what they are involved in, they certainly do now.
Skipper Jimmy Williams and head coach Chris Ellison were much in demand and interviews to local media outlets for Matty Partington and Callum Flynn were also required.
The boys handled themselves really well and took seriously the opportunity to raise the profile of the disability game and the significance of the forthcoming series.
Sussex boy Fred Bridges stole the show with a hair do that KP might have been proud of a few years ago! Given the stick he took today it will be interesting to see whether Fred rocks up with his locks still in place when we gather for the flight next weekend!
Needless to say the spirit in the camp is high and the guys from the media that I spoke to were impressed by what they witnessed. That has to be good for all disability cricket.
It seems at the moment from my perspective that the bar is being raised in terms of professionalism and approach with each tour that comes along for our disability squads.
This group still has their job to do on the field, but all is good so far!