Lord’s Taverners launch disability cricketer of the year award
A new award to celebrate the achievements of England’s disability cricketers has been launched by the Lord’s Taverners.
The Lord’s Taverners Disability Cricketer of the Year award will showcase the development and contribution of members of the national disability cricket squads with the winner named at the at the prestigious Cricket Writers’ Club annual lunch on October 3.
On the back of a successful year for the four squads, the winner of the award will be selected from the England Physical Disability, Learning Disability, Hearing Impaired and Visually Impaired squads and will be focused on the individual’s contribution to the team and personal development as opposed to performance.
It’s been a year in which the England Learning Disability side successfully retained the INAS Tri-Series after remaining unbeaten against rivals Australia and South Africa, the Visually Impaired team reached the semi-final of the Blind World Cup in India while the Physical Disability team narrowly lost to Pakistan in the final of the ICC Academy Dubai invitational T20 tournament.
It’s also been a big year off the pitch with the announcement that two of the England Disability Coaches, Ian Salisbury and Ross Hunter, will now have full-time roles.
The Lord’s Taverners is the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sports charity whose objective is to give disadvantaged and disabled young people a sporting chance.
“It’s been an exciting year on and off the field for the development of the England squads and the creation of this award will recognise the hard work and progress of the players within those teams,” explained Paul Robin, Lord’s Taverners CEO.
“This award will not only showcase disability cricket, it will also highlight the fantastic role models within the squads not just to the tens of thousands of youngsters who take part in the Lord’s Taverners disability cricket programmes every year, but to all England cricket fans.”
In 2016 alone, the Lord’s Taverners created more than 1 million sporting chances across its programmes which include disability cricket and table cricket.
ECB Head of Disability Cricket and Lord’s Taverners Trustee Ian Martin, added: “There are many players in all of the squads whose contributions mean they are deserving of this award after what has been a fantastic year for the development of disability cricket on and off the field. We’re delighted that the Lord’s Taverners are launching this award to recognise a player who hasn’t just scored the most hundreds or taken the most wickets, but someone whose contribution to the team has made a huge difference.”