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West Indies about to set up its first blind cricket team

Mon, 07/30/2012 - 18:51 -- admin

The England blind cricket team and former stars Desmond Haynes and Devon Malcolm will help the West Indies set up the country's first cricket team, a move which will increase the sport's growing international network.

Also assisting is the London Community Cricket Association, which set up and coached the England team.

England blind cricket team coach Andy Sellins said: "West Indies is one of only two Test playing nations not to have a blind team.

"But the island is mad keen on cricket and I know the idea of the game being played by blind and visually impaired players really grips people's imaginations."

England star Tim Gutteridge agreed: "Such is the enthusiasm out there I'm sure they'll be beating us in a few years.

"But it goes beyond sport as it will help those with a disability and those without the opportunities to develop and maximise their talents."

There are few better equipped to help achieve that goal - Gutteridge was voted Player of the Tournament in last year's Blind Cricket World Cup in India.

Coaching sessions for young and adult players will be held across the island and cricket clothing, equipment and coaching material will also be supplied.

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