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Posted in Disability Cricket

Hello and welcome to the first of my blogs. Over the coming months I hope to keep you updated with all the developments within physical disability cricket and hope you will feel you can communicate with me and share your visions and ideas for the future.

It is a very exciting time for all forms of disability cricket.

England Deaf squad are planning their tour to Australia, the Mild Learning Disability squad are preparing for next year's trip to South Africa to contest the Tri-Nations, the Visually Impaired squad continue to work tirelessly after their difficult series with India, and for the first time, we are about to announce the National High Performance squad for Physically Disabled cricketers.

Many of you have been campaigning for such a squad to be developed and thanks to the hard work of National Disability Manager Ian Martin and ECB, the dream of international cricket is fast becoming a reality.

The first training session will be held at Loughborough on the weekend of 11/12th of December under the guidance of Lead Coach Chris Ellison.

Chris is an ECB Level 4 coach and has a wealth of experience delivering high quality performance programmes. I'm sure that the players who are fortunate enough to be selected for this first weekend will come away knowing that this is the real deal.

There have been many squads in the past, formed for exhibition games and the like, but this is the first squad ever to be selected with the potential of international cricket in mind.

The aim of this squad is to develop the best physically disabled players in an environment that is conducive to learning and is enjoyable.

The players will be be tested physically, mentally, tactically and technically with the ultimate aim of becoming the best in the world. Any squad formed under the banner of ECB has to have this aim and I believe that this is a realistic target given the talent we have around the country.

As with all squads, there will be players who will be disappointed at their omission. I can honestly say that no doors are closed for any player with a physical disabilty.

If a player shows good form, good attitude and we feel they can add to the squad, then they will be selected. Similarly, players that are selected will have to prove themselves worthy of selection for future squads.

As 2010 enters its final months, the future of all forms of disabled cricket has never looked so good. With participation at record levels, exit routes being established for all four impairment groups, it would be easy to sit back and think that the hard work has been done.

Not a chance, we have only just begun.

The journey starts here, get on board...

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