Dis­abil­ity

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - IAN NAIRN Eng­land Phys­i­cal Dis­abil­ity cap­tain

Ian Nairn talks us through the lat­est go­ings on

Team: Eng­land Phys­i­cal Dis­abil­ity Role: Cap­tain What’s happening with the Eng­land phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity team at the mo­ment? We’re go­ing to be back with a vengeance with a full win­ter pro­gramme of train­ing in October where we’ll be work­ing with the Eng­land Lions, and we’ve got some ex­ter­nal coaches com­ing in to help. Julian Wood will come back in and do some work on pow­er­hit­ting with us, and we’ve got some wick­et­keep­ing and field­ing coaches com­ing in as well to help us raise our game to the next level. Do you have any com­pe­ti­tions on the hori­zon? The plan is that there will be a se­ries at home next July, prob­a­bly against In­dia or Bangladesh. It’ll be fan­tas­tic to show­case our sport with an in­ter­na­tional se­ries in the UK. It’ll be nice not hav­ing to trek off to the Sub-con­ti­nent or to Dubai, and we’ll hope­fully get the me­dia in­volved so peo­ple can have a look at what we do. Next year will be a good trial run for the 2019 World Cup and a great op­por­tu­nity to tell the world ‘come and have a watch’ of some en­ter­tain­ing cricket, and that’s what we’ll look to do. This year we’ve been mak­ing sure when we leave a ground there are peo­ple say­ing ‘wow, what have I just seen?’ And mak­ing sure we are a credit to the Eng­land shirt. How has the team de­vel­oped over the sum­mer? It’s been a sea­son of big progress for us, we’ve seen the first full sum­mer where we’ve had a full-time coach in Ian Sal­is­bury, and that’s def­i­nitely brought its ben­e­fits. There’s been a much higher level of or­gan­i­sa­tion and plan­ning, and it helps ad­ver­tise our game as well – we’re now just start­ing to see peo­ple show­ing a real in­ter­est in what we’re do­ing and how we go about it. Our big goal is the World Cup in 2019, to be held along­side the men’s Cricket World Cup over here, and so it’s good that we’ve got some young tal­ent com­ing through who don’t look out of place, and will only get bet­ter with the coach­ing that we’ve got. We’ve even seen James Kirt­ley be­ing in­volved as well. It’s great to have two Test-match crick­eters as your coach­ing staff and two who’ve been in­volved at the high­est level in the game just about. Both of them were in­volved in the women’s World Cup win so it’s fan­tas­tic to have that cal­i­bre of coach­ing, and it just adds so much to what we can learn. Do you think dis­abil­ity cricket is grow­ing in Eng­land? We had our first ever proper in­ter-dis­abil­ity game in Au­gust. On the phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity side, when we left Bangladesh in 2015 we had a team of 11 and that 11 played every game, it was pretty much all the dis­abled crick­eters in the coun­try. What we had in the mid­dle of Au­gust was a game be­tween two full phys­i­cal dis­abil­ity sides, all English qual­i­fied, two teams of 12 out, and to have that shows how much the game is com­ing on.

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