England Deaf shift focus to Pakistan

England Deaf have turned their attention to Pakistan after today’s opening Deaf ICC Championship ODI game against South Africa was abandoned following heavy rain.

The match at the ICC Academy Oval in Dubai was called off without a ball being bowled and, with no possibility of the fixture being arranged during the tournament, each team was awarded one competition point.

Captain Paul Allen and his teammates will now face Pakistan as scheduled tomorrow if conditions allow and the skipper is ready for the challenge: “We have prepared meticulously for this tournament and although today’s match was abandoned, we’re all looking forward to playing against a strong Pakistan team.”

Training injury

In other team news, all-rounder George Greenway will unfortunately miss the rest of the Championship after incurring a side strain during bowling practice on Sunday.  

England Deaf team named to face South Africa 

Paul Allen – captain
Umesh Valjee
Alun Evans
Dean Bedford
Matt Clinton
Michael Wethersby
Jimmy Dixon
James Schofield
Luke Hughes
Sam Critchard
Stephen George

England 2016 Deaf ICC Championship fixtures 

9 March: England Deaf v South Africa, ICC Academy Oval 1, Dubai (abandoned due to bad weather)
10 March: England Deaf v Pakistan, ICC Academy Oval 2, Dubai
12 March: England Deaf v India, ICC Academy Oval 1, Dubai
14 March: Third v fourth play-off, ICC Academy Oval 1, Dubai
14 March: Final, ICC Academy Oval 2, ICC Academy Oval 2, Dubai

Source: ECB

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