South Africa hosts England Deaf Cricket team

There is often a fine line between mainstream and disability sports. Cricket is no exception: players involved in deaf cricket teams must have hearing loss at 55 dB or less. South Africa is hosting its first international tour for deaf cricket between late August and early September 2013 by welcoming the England Cricket Association for the Deaf (ECAD) during a five-day, six-match event held in Pretoria, Gauteng Province. The series includes four one-day internationals (ODIs), and two T20 matches.

Transformation Manager at Cricket South Africa, Max Jordaan, commented on the event and highlighted the sports union’s commitment to supporting all cricketers and particularly cricketers in the disability sector, who have in the past found themselves in a marginalized position.

“We are delighted to welcome ECAD to our shores as a key element to our inclusive transformation agenda,” Jordaan said. It is hoped that this series will help to build the profile of deaf cricket in South Africa and disability sports in general.

“A cricket match can be a very serious affair and I am convinced that the two national teams competing will be just that. England and South Africa have had many memorable encounters on the sports field and needless to say this does reflect the respect we have for each other,” says Jacques Faul, CEO of Northerns Cricket Union, which hosts the series. Shane Gangan, South Africa Deaf Cricket's all-rounder, says the team is at its best and is ready to win the ODI and T20 matches.

Source: DStv SuperSport, SABC.co.za

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