Yesterday, the Blind Cricket Australia National Selection Panel and Blind Cricket Australia director announced the side selected to represent Australia in their upcoming South African tour, where they will participate in the 4th One Day International Blind Cricket World Cup being held from November 30 to December 17 in Capetown.
The team’s selected B3 players include Matthew McCarthy, Ray Moxly, Stephen Palmer, Daniel Pritchard, Michael Hamilton, and Shaun Fitzpatrick. The B2 players include Lindsey Heaven, Bradley Brider, Mark Haskett, Ricky Segura, Brett Wilson, and Corey Heberley. The B1 players are Michael Zannis, Hamish Mackenzie, Brendan Spencer, and Chris Bertuch. McCarthy was chosen as captain, while Heaven and Moxly will serve as vice-captains. Peter Robinson has been appointed as coach for the side.
The T20 edition of the World Cup premiered in 2012 in Bangalore, India, and it was won by the home side. Other teams participating in that edition included Australia, Bangladesh, England, Pakistan, South Africa, the West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Funding issues are a problem in terms of trying to insure participation. Nepal is currently trying to raise funds to participate. New Zealand had to withdraw from the 2012 edition because of funding issues.