Monday 15 October, 2018

'Blind cricket is not just a game'

High Commissioner Janet Douglas and the West Indies visually impaired women’s cricket team.

High Commissioner Janet Douglas and the West Indies visually impaired women’s cricket team.

Blind cricketers from the United Kingdom and the West Indies teams received the royal treatment as British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, opened her residence and welcomed them.

Janet Douglas warmly greeted her guests of honour following their recent showdown on the field in Barbados

The England team was visiting Barbados for a bilateral T20 five-match series, which wrapped up on Sunday, July 15. West Indies and England team members, their families and supporters, as well as representatives of Barbados’ blind and disabled community, were present to enjoy the occasion. Players from the West Indies hailed from Barbados, Guyana, Dominica and St Lucia.

PHOTO caption: Members of the UK Women's Blind Cricket team

During her address to mark the occasion, High Commissioner Douglas said:

“I am very happy to continue the support given by this High Commission to visually impaired cricketers. The importance of sport cannot be overlooked, and I’m delighted that the teams can enjoy some social time together.”

President of the West Indies Cricket Council for the Blind, Anthony Avril also shared the High Commissioner’s sentiments. 

He stated, “This is a great opportunity being provided for the blind and visually impaired women of the Caribbean. Blind cricket is not just a game, it is a very important tool in the rehabilitation process. It gives the players a sense of belonging and to represent the West Indies is the dream of a lifetime.”

Avril also expressed gratitude to the British Blind Cricket Association, whom he credited for helping the West Indies players better understand the game through training and wider opportunities.

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