The England Blind Cricket Team are currently in India where they played a T20 series against India and they are now playing a Tri-series with India and Sri Lanka.
England and Surrey blind cricketer Darren Paddick has provided a blog about his experience so far on his first tour with England.
Hi all, I’ve been charged with the task of putting together a tour diary. I hope that over the next couple of weeks I can provide a bit of an insight into Visually Impaired (VI) cricket and what it’s like touring with the England VI side.
We are three games in and I can confidently say that the team, myself included, are making the most of this wonderful opportunity.
Although I have been around the squad for a year, the thought of touring a long way from home did make me slightly nervous. Any worries I may have had were immediately squashed when I met my roommate Dan Field, a very experienced and integral part of the team. His words of wisdom put me straight at ease and I haven’t looked back.
As for the matches, we lost two first to an excellent India side and the third was rained off. Despite the initial loses, spirits and confidence in the squad remains very high. We know that this tour is a massive learning experience and that sometimes you learn more from a defeat.
Our aim has always been to win the next World Cup. Playing against the World Champions and learning from these games will definitely make us a better team. It’s certainly been a baptism of fire for me!
Touring India is a fascinating experience. The people are incredibly helpful and will go out of their way to make things as pleasant as possible.
However, things are not always very obvious if you are a VI person, which is why the support staff play a vital role in helping us and giving us all a hand. The hectic, noisy and aromatic feel to Bangalore is very alien to me, and I live in London! It’s these sorts of experiences that really bring a team together.
Picture courtesy of the ECB, with thanks.