The opening day of matches scheduled for the Blind Cricket World Cup taking place in South Africa have been delayed as a sign of respect for Phil Hughes, an Australian cricketer who died on the pitch earlier today. Hughes was hit in the head from a pitch during a domestic sighted Australian game between South Australia and New South Wales.
Australia has a team in South Africa, that was scheduled to play today against Sri Lanka. Bangladesh was scheduled to open against South Africa, and while England was to meet Pakistan. India had a scheduled bye.
The Australian team includes B3 players 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 is the captain, while Heaven and Moxly are serving as vice-captains. Peter Robinson has been appointed as coach for the side.