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What is visually impaired Cricket?

Combined teams of blind and partially sighted players play visually impaired cricket. There are 2 versions of cricket for people with visual impairments; an international version and an English rules discipline. The domestic competitions in this country use the English rules version.

At British Blind Sport, we work with the Blind Cricket England and Wales (BCEW) organisation to run the domestic league and two tournaments.

  • People playing visually impaired cricket.BCEW National League: Single innings matches
  • BBS Primary Club National Knockout Cup: Limited overs matches
  • BCEW Twenty20 Cup: 20 overs matches

If you want to improve your stamina and balance, while enhancing your social and team working skills, cricket is a great sport to try.

How do I play visually impaired Cricket?

The English rules version is based on the traditional, sighted laws of cricket, with a few alterations to make it accessible to blind and partially sighted players.

  • A size 3 football with ball bearings is used to allow partially sighted players to see it and blind players to hear it
  • Wickets are larger so batsman and bowlers can touch them to orientate themselves
  • For blind batsman, the ball must bounce at least twice before reaching the crease
  • For partially sighted batsman, the ball must bounce at least once before reaching the crease
  • A totally blind batsman is given one chance before being given out for LBW
  • A batsman who is totally blind cannot be stumped
  • A totally blind batsman receives double runs
  • A fielder who is totally blind can make a catch after the ball has bounced once

Where can I play visually impaired Cricket?

There are a number of visually impaired cricket clubs around the country, competing in a league and cup competitions. To find your nearest club or if you want more information about cricket, contact us via telephone or email.

To compete in the national league or cup competitions, you will need a sight classification. This ensures all of the cricketers are playing in a fair and equal competition. Classifications can often be expensive, but if you become a British Blind Sport member, sight classifications for these national league and competitions are included for free!
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