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Blind cricket

Blind cricket is a version of the sport of cricket adapted for blind and partially sighted players. It has governed by the World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC) since 1996. So far, three Blind World Cups have been held, New Delhi, India (1998); Chennai, India (2002) and Islamabad, Pakistan (2006).

The sport has been played since the 1920s.

[edit] Within the United Kingdom

The founding members of the British Blind Sport organization were cricketers, and the association is the administrative body for the sport within the United Kingdom.

[edit] UK rules

The rules of blind cricket are based on the standard Laws of cricket with some essential modifications.

In terms of playing equipment, the major adaptation is the ball, which is significantly larger than a standard cricket ball and filled with ball bearings. The size allows partially sighted players to see the ball and the contents allow blind players to hear it. The wicket (stumps) is also larger, to allow partially sighted players to see and blind players to touch it in order to correctly orient themselves when batting or bowling.

Various other modifications to the rules apply. Verbal signals are widely used both by umpires and players: in particular, the bowler must shout 'Play!' as he releases the ball. The delivery is required to pitch at least twice when bowled to a completely blind batsman (once when bowled to a partially sighted batsman), but must not be rolling. Totally blind batsmen cannot be out stumped, and must be found to be LBW twice before going out. Totally blind fielders are allowed to take a catch on the bounce.

[edit] Competitions
[edit] United Kingdom

Two domestic competitions are run: the two-division BBS Cricket League, based around single-innings matches played around the country throughout the cricket season; and the BBS Primary Club National Knockout Cup, a knockout competition of limited-overs matches held each August at Lord's Cricket Ground.
[edit] Australia

Blind cricket is widely played in Australia, particularly in the states of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and in the Australian Capital Territory, each of which boasts a number of teams in regular competition. Every two years State cricket teams meet for the Australian Blind Cricket Championships. The 30th National Blind Cricket Championships will be held at Doyle Grounds, The King's School, North Parramatta, 3rd - 12th January 2010.
[edit] United Kingdom v Australia

The first Blind Cricket Ashes competition was held in England in August 2004. 5 matches were played, with England winning the Ashes by 3 games to 2. A return series of 5 matches was held in Sydney, Australia, in December 2008. The series results show another victory for England, winning 3-0. England won the first, third and fourth matches, with the second rained out, and the final match a surprising 331 run draw. Player of the series was Australian B3 player Nick Haydar (Nejat Haydardedeoglu) from ACT.
[edit] Organisations
[edit] Victorian Blind Cricket Association (VBCA)

The Victorian Blind Cricket Association (VBCA) is the home of blind cricket in Victoria. Blind cricket was invented in Melbourne in 1922. The world's first sports ground and clubhouse for blind people was developed at Kooyong[1], Melbourne in 1928 and is still used today as the home of the VBCA.

The Association now has four clubs and approximately 70 vision impaired and blind members and several volunteers.

Current clubs:

* Burwood Blind Cricket Club
* Glenferrie Lions Blind Cricket Club
* Institute Blind Cricket Club
* St. Paul's Blind Cricket Club

The Victorian Blind Cricket Association is located in the Charlie Bradley Pavilion, at the rear of 454 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong VIC 3144 (opposite the Kooyong Tennis Stadium [2]). Games are played on Saturday afternoons from October through to March and spectators are most welcome.

The postal address for any written enquiries is:

Victorian Blind Cricket Association
454 Glenferrie Road, KOOYONG VIC 3144

If you wish to speak to someone, the following people are available:

Nick Pepper

[edit] Blind Cricket New South Wales (BCNSW)

Blind Cricket New South Wales (BCNSW) is the home of blind cricket in New South Wales.

The postal address for any written enquiries is:

Blind Cricket NSW
PO Box 852 Penrith NSW 2750

[edit] World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC)

The WBCC was established in 1996 during an international cricket meeting held in New Delhi, India in September 1996. The WBCC was set up with the objective of promoting and administering the game of blind cricket globally. Today the WBCC has 10 full members namely Australia, New Zealand, England, South Africa, West Indies, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. George Abraham of India is the founding Chairman of the WBCC. Under his leadership, the inaugural Blind Cricket World Cup was held in New Delhi in November 1998. Seven countries participated. South Africa defeated Pakistan in the final while India and Australia were the two semi-finalists.

The second Blind Cricket World Cup was held in Chennai, India in December 2002. Pakistan defeated South Africa in the finals.

Peter Donovan of Australia took over as Chairman in 2004.

Pakistan hosted the third World Cup in Islamabad 2006 under the able leadership of Aga Shaukat-Ali, President of Pakistan Blind Cricket Council. Pakistan beat India in the final.

In November 2008, George Abraham was re-elected as President of the WBCC.

[edit] Association for Cricket for the Blind India (ACBI)

The ACBI was set up in 1996. George Abraham is the founder of the registered voluntary body. Its objectives are to use competitive cricket to teach the blind to look at life positively, gain in confidence and strive to be winners rather than dependents; and to use the game as a medium to transmit the message of ability and talent to the society. The ACBI organised the first two Blind Cricket World Cups in 1998 and 2002.

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