CSA, DCSA host first deaf cricket international series
Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Deaf Cricket South Africa (DCSA) are excited to host the England Cricket Association for the Deaf (ECAD) in a four-match ODI and two-match T20i series starting on Wednesday, 27 August in Pretoria.
This is the first deaf cricket international tour that will take place in South Africa.
CSA Transformation Manager, Max Jordaan, is thrilled at this latest move by CSA and the ECAD to bring competitive cricket to our shores. It goes a step further in realising CSA’s vision to make cricket a truly national sport of winners and accessible to all in the organisation’s bid to shape TOMORROW.
“We are delighted to welcome ECAD to our shores as a key element to our inclusive transformation agenda,” Jordaan said. “We are cognizant of our moral duty to support all cricketers and particularly the disability sector cricketers who often find themselves in marginalized positions.”
Northerns Cricket Union will host the series in which all matches will take place at Sinovich Park. Northerns CEO, Jacques Faul is excited to have the hosting honours and looks forward to an entertaining tournament.
He said: “It is always a great privilege to host an international event, more so if it is between England and South Africa. We are a country that prides itself on the way we treat disability and approach gender equity. As a relatively young democracy, we will do well not to lose that focus and the energy that drives it.
“A cricket match can be a very serious affair and I am convinced that two national teams competing will be just that. England and South Africa have had many memorable encounters on the sports field and needless to say this does reflect the respect we have for each other.”
Jordaan hopes that this series will go a long way in building the profile of deaf cricket in South Africa.
“The upcoming series between South Africa and England should be used to promote the case for disability sports in general and Deaf Cricket in particular. This series will demonstrate the fact that sport is the vehicle where the human spirit finds its expression. May this series create the platform for a keen and competitive series and thereby raise the profile of Deaf Cricket in South Africa. We wish all the participants all the best for a great series and creating lasting friendships,” he concluded.
ENGLAND: Umesh Valjee (capt), Paul Allen, Stephen George, James Dixon, George Greenway, Joel Harris, Jake Oakes, Henry Wainman, Sam Crichard, Michael Weathersby, Saul Allison, James Schofield, Darrell Sykes,Matt Clinton
SOUTH AFRICA: Colin Venter, Prince Mashego, Reinhardt Limbacht, Coenraad van der Berg, Paulo de Costa, Rrishaad Shaik, Jeffery van der Winter, Avinash Kallichuran, Zane Adams, Charl Bonthuys, Rual Kumalo, Shamiël Howley, Shane Gangan, Eric Minnaaar, Lebogang Setidisho
28 AUG - 1st ODI
30 AUG - 2nd ODI
1 SEPT - 1st T20 (Morning)/ 2nd T20 (Afternoon)
4 SEPT - 3rd OD
7 SEPT - 4th ODI