This past week, Blind Cricket Australia announced that they have invited and will pay all the costs for a pair of Pakistani blind cricketers, Muhammad Jamil and Anees Javed, from their country’s national team to visit Australia and assist the Australian team in their preparations for the Twenty20 World Cup of the Blind. The competition is scheduled to take place in November in India. The pair are expected to assist the Australians with training for around 10 days during a national team training camp.
Jamil played a key role on the Pakistani side at the 2014 Blind Cricket World Cup in South Africa, where his side lost in the final to India. In their game against England in round robin play, he scored a century. Javed was part of the same team, and had been the captain of the Pakistani side for a number of years. He plays club cricket for Islamabad, and has shined for them at competitions that include the National Bank of Pakistan T-20 Blind Cricket Trophy 2015 Bahawalpu.
Both Jamil and Javed were sacked earlier this month ahead of a friendly series against Sri Lanka in early April. In major competitions in the past few years, Pakistan has been unable to beat India when it mattered. This has consistently left them finishing in second place. PBCC Chairman Syed Sultan Shah wanted a whole new look to see if this can change Pakistan’s fortunes.
Australian players have been hard at work with domestic competitions. The 33rd Blind Cricket Australia Nationals took place in Melbourne in late December and concluded in early January. The Victorian Blind Cricket Association’s 2015/2016 season ended earlier this month. The grand final featured Burwood BCC and Glenferrie BCC.