I quickly wanted to give people with disabilities a heads up about Darren Douglas’s new Disability Cricket Guide. It’s a pretty comprehensive article that explains how you can get involved in the sport at amateur level.
I have to admit that, like many, I was in the dark somewhat when it comes to this subject. However, after discussing things with Darren it seems there are great opportunities for people living with disabilities to start playing the game.
For starters, there are many different forms of cricket you can enjoy. One of them is table cricket, which seems similar to Test Match, the classic game some of you might remember from your youth. Table cricket is obviously more sophisticated but still relatively easy to pick up. There are also several adaptations of Kwik cricket, which is played with plastic bats and balls.
You’ll find there are different versions of the sport for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities, plus those who are visually impaired or deaf. Indeed, the ECB has spent quite a lot of time working alongside Sport England to promote the game in different ways.
It was interesting to learn that Ian Salisbury – remember him? – became the first ever full time coach of England’s Physical Disability team in May this year. It’s good to know that the ECB is taking disability cricket seriously and that a well known cricketer is helping out in his post-playing career.
If you’re interested in playing disability cricket, or just curious to find out more, I recommend giving Darren’s article a read. Here’s a link. You’ll find that opportunities exist through both the first class counties and the minor counties. Spread the word!