Cricket Australia has announced the Australian squad for the 2022 Deaf International Cricket Council (DICC) T20 Champions Trophy in the United Arab Emirates.
Australia will travel to Ajman in the UAE on the 29th of September where they will play T20I matches against South Africa, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and India, with their eyes firmly set on reaching the knockout stages with the semi-finals and final to be held on 8th and 9th of October respectively.
It is the first time an Australian national disability squad will tour internationally since the onset of the pandemic and will be the national deaf squad’s first overseas tour since the 2018 Deaf Cricket World Cup in India.
Long-term captain Andrew Park will lead a squad that includes the uncapped trio of Liam Prineas, Nicholas Mahoney, and Thomas Robertson.
Australia’s national disability squads made their long-awaited return to international cricket at the CommBank International Cricket Inclusion Series (ICIS) in Brisbane, in June 2022. Australia’s national disability teams with the national blind squad are set to head to India next month for the 2022 ICC Blind T20 World Cup.
National Deaf Squad:
Andrew Park © (NSW/Cammeray CC)
Callum Asbury (VIC/Inverloch CC)
Lewis Beard (NSW/Sydney University CC)
Harry Bell (NSW/Gordon CC)
Justin Morgan (VIC/Heyfield CC)
Tyson Hay (VIC/Terang CC)
Shrey Patel (SA/Gaza CC)
David Melling (WA/Melville CC)
Luke Trudgett (QLD/Kenmore)
Nick Budden (QLD/Southern Districts CC)
Sean Walsh (QLD/Northern Suburbs District CC)
Cameron Wilson (NT/Wests CC)
Liam Prineas (QLD/Western Suburbs District CC)
Nicholas Mahoney (QLD/ Mudgeeraba Nerang CC)
Thomas Robertson (VIC,Ellinbank CC)
Coach: Jason Mathers (VIC/Mt Martha CC)
Assistant Coach: Job van Bunge (WA/WACA)
Team Manager: Chris Ashenden (NSW/Kellyville Ridge CC)
Thanks to CommBank, cricket is the first non-Paralympic Australian sport to fully fund national disability squads.
Nick Hockley, Cricket Australia CEO said:
“It is very exciting to see international touring back in the calendar for our national disability squads.
“After hosting the CommBank International Inclusion Cricket Series in Brisbane in June, it is great to maintain momentum with our national deaf squad playing international cricket in the UAE and our national blind squad also touring India this season.
“With the fantastic support of CommBank, there is a clear pathway for cricketers with a disability to represent their country on the global stage.”
“Our national disability squads have a huge impact both on and off the field and we hope that these international tours continue to inspire Australians of all abilities to pick up a bat and a ball.”