Jones is poised to shine at sport No.2

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Joshua Peck

LUKE Sugg will cap­tain Eng­land’s Vis­ually Im­paired side in the up­com­ing World Cup in In­dia af­ter the ECB named a 15-man squad.

It will be Sugg’s se­cond time cap­tain­ing the side in a World T20 tour­na­ment with un­capped duo Rory Hos­sell and Gareth Jones also in­cluded in the squad.

Hos­sell joins brother Edward in the squad while Jones is aim­ing to rep­re­sent Eng­land at a se­cond sport, hav­ing al­ready played in­ter­na­tional foot­ball.

ECB’s head of dis­abil­ity cricket Ian Martin said: “The squad has de­vel­oped so much un­der Ross Hunter over the last four years I have no doubt that we will be com­pet­i­tive in the tour­na­ment. Play­ing in In­dia is a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence for crick­eters at all lev­els and our Vis­ually Im­paired squad are no dif­fer­ent.

“I know that the team will pre­pare well and per­form to the best of their abil­ity – if they do that then we’ll have a great chance to take on the blind cricket pow­er­houses of In­dia and Pak­istan.”

Eng­land be­gin their com­pe­ti­tion on Jan­uary 31 against Pak­istan in Delhi be­fore fac­ing Aus­tralia, Bangladesh, In­dia, Nepal, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies in a round-robin for­mat.

The top four qual­ify for the semi-fi­nals with the fi­nal on Fe­bru­ary 12.

Eng­land Vis­ually Im­paired head coach Hunter added: “I am in­cred­i­bly ex­cited about this group of play­ers. It is the most tal­ented group that I’ve had the op­por­tu­nity to be in­volved with.

“We know that we will need to play two of the best games that we’ve ever played to win the tour­na­ment and I think we have the abil­ity within the squad to do that. I think that’s a first for Eng­land Vis­ually Im­paired cricket, which is fan­tas­tic.” Eng­land Vis­ually Im­paired squad: Luke Sugg (cap­tain, War­wick­shire), Amin Af­shari (Kent), Peter Blueitt (York­shire), Matthew Dean (Lon­don Metro), Nathan Foy (War­wick­shire), Daniel Field (Sus­sex), Justin Hollingsworth (War­wick­shire), Edward Hos­sell (Som­er­set), Rory Hos­sell (Som­er­set), Gareth Jones (Lon­don Metro), Ma­homed Kha­tri (War­wick­shire), Si­mon Led­with (Sus­sex), James Millard (Sus­sex), Matthew Page (Lon­don Metro), Mark Turn­ham (War­wick­shire)

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