The 2017 National Cricket Inclusion Championships (NCIC)
will begin in Geelong tomorrow, with Australia’s best blind and vision
impaired, deaf and hard of hearing, and cricketers with an intellectual
disability competing for one of the three titles on offer.
The inaugural NCIC, which will feature 15 teams and more
than 230 players, will be staged from 17-24 January 2017. It will be the first
time in Australian sport that these three divisions will be played as part of
Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland
said: "This tournament is a very important part of our cricket pathway. With an aspiration of being a sport for all
Australians, we are proud of the opportunities that this tournament provides for
cricketers of all abilities.
"We hope this opportunity will inspire more cricketers of
all abilities to join a local club or T20 Blast centre and play the sport they
Cricket fans right across Australia will be able to watch
the Grand Final of each division via a livestream through cricket.com.au and
the NCIC official website.
"The livestreaming of the three Grand Finals on our digital
channels will also provide an outstanding opportunity for Australia’s best
blind and vision impaired, deaf and hard of hearing, and cricketers with an
intellectual disability to showcase their cricketing abilities to a national
audience,” said Mr Sutherland.
Intellectual Disability squad: Lyndsay Ashworth, Boyd Duffield, Jonothan Flowers, David Hallows (Vice Captain), Aaron Heathwood, Anthony Kalimeris, Sean McGowan (Vice Captain), Aaron Richards, Nick Rogerson (Captain), Andrew Smalley and Greg Turner (Coach)
Blind squad (combined with SA): Bradley Brider, Richard Brider, Alex Carmichael-Hillian, Ryan Honschotten, David Martin, Stephen Nero and Tony Sutton (Manager)
Deaf squad: Steven Hodgetts, James Johnson, Chris Levitzke-Gray, Benjamin Lowerie, David Melling, Tim Regan (Captain/Coach), Shannon Scarvaci (Manager/Player), Syed Shah-Rukh, Matt Shenton, James Tsakalos and Cameron Wilson
To follow all the action during the 2017 National Cricket Inclusion Championships visit www.ncic.cricket.com.au, or follow @CAPathway on Twitter, using the hashtags #NCIC #asportforall
The below matches will be available via livestream on the following websites www.ncic.cricket.com.au and www.cricket.com.au
Cricketers with an Intellectual Disability
Friday 20 January 2:30pm (AEDT)
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Sunday 22 January 12:30pm (AEDT)
Blind and Vision Impaired
Tuesday 24 January 9:00am (AEDT)