England’s start at the Deaf International Cricket Council Championship ODI yesterday against South Africa in Dubai at the ICC Academy Oval was rough as the match had to be called because of rain. As the match was called without a single ball being bowled and it not being possible for the game to be rescheduled, each team was awarded one point in group play.
The English squad in Dubai includes Paul Allen, Umesh Valjee, Alun Evans, Dean Bedford, Matt Clinton, Michael Wethersby, Jimmy Dixon, James Schofield, Luke Hughes, Sam Critchard and Stephen George. Allen is the team captain. They played earlier today, and their last scheduled match in round robin play is on Saturday against India. Placement matches, including first, take place on Monday.
The rain in Dubai was also slightly problematic at another major international para-sport event yesterday. It created rough conditions at the 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships.