England Deaf Squad To Tour South Africa

The England Lions Deaf side pictured here in action at Bradford & Bingley

The England Deaf squad will tour South Africa to play two Twenty20 Internationals and four One-Day Internationals later this month and in early September.

The 14-man squad will be captained by Middlesex's Umesh Valjee MBE and coached by Bobby Denning.

The squad will play two warm-up games against Derbyshire Academy and the MCC on 18th and 19th August before departing for South Africa three days later.

"This is the first international series that our Deaf Cricketers have played since their successful tour to Australia in January 2011," Ian Martin, England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Head of Disability Cricket, said.

"During that tour we defeated South Africa in both short formats of the game in a Tri-Series and that is something that we aim to repeat. The squad contain a mixture of youth and experience with Jake Oakes, Joel Harris, Henry Wainman and Sam Crichard all touring for the first time while they are  led by the vastly experienced Umesh Valjee.

"This is the first international disability cricket series since our national disability squads moved into the England Cricket Department and I am looking for our deaf team to get the new tenure off to a winning start."

Tour Fixtures

18th August: Derbyshire Academy, Denby CC (50 overs)
19th August: MCC, Chesterfield CC (50 overs)

28th August: 1st ODI, Pretoria
30th August: 2nd ODI, Pretoria
1st September, 1st & 2nd T20I, Pretoria
4th September: 3rd ODI, Pretoria
7th September: 4th ODI, Pretoria

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