To mark International Day of People with Disabilities we take a closer look at a tremendous summer for England's disability squads and the amazing progress of disability cricket in England and Wales.
England Physical Disability
The Physical Disability World Series took place in Worcester in August, where England - led by the highly experienced Iain Nairn - reached the final of the World Series, beating Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan in the process.
Tom Harrison - ECB Chief Executive Officer
Iain Nairn - England PD Captain
England Learning Disability tour of Australia
Chris Edwards led England’s Learning Disability team to a clean sweep in Australia winning an ODI series 3-0 followed by a 5-0 triumph in the INAS Global Games T20 series.
Powerful left-hander Dan Bowser returned with a Bradman-esque stat sheet, scoring 499 runs in seven matches at an average of 99.8 taking the player of the series award.
Chris Edwards - England Learning Disability Captain
Visually Impaired series against Pakistan
England’s VI cricketers endured a tough series against a dominant Pakistan team in UAE.
Sam Murray hit a century in the penultimate match, but England couldn’t match Pakistan’s might with the bat. 2020 promises to be a big summer for VI cricket with plans for a Blind Ashes.
Dan Field - England VI
While England’s Deaf team were not in international action in 2019, Umesh Valjee is taking inspiration from the other squads.
Umesh Valjee - England Deaf
The Head of Disability Cricket at ECB Ian Martin reflected on a memorable year:
Ian Martin - ECB Head of Disability Cricket