For the first time Northants Steelbacks Visually Impaired Cricket Club have a player in the England squad for the Blind Cricket World Cup.
Dave Gavrilovic, a B1 (Totally Blind) player, who is also captain and all-time leading wicket-taker for Steelbacks, has been selected to play in the tournament that takes place in Bangalore, India starting on 2nd December.
Gavrilovic was an unused member of England’s Ashes squad this summer so will be hoping to make his international debut during the group stages of the competition.
If England progress through to the final their last game will be on 13th December, just 4 days before Dave’s 28th birthday, so the right-handed all-rounder will be hoping to receive a World Cup winner's medal as an early birthday present.
The Northants skipper has been playing blind cricket since 1995 and has played in all 104 of his current side’s matches since the team entered competitive cricket in 2005.
“I’m very excited to have the opportunity to play in the World Cup, especially as it’s being held in a cricket-mad country like India, the atmosphere should be incredible. I really hope I’m able to make my international debut and help the team progress to the knockout stages and hopefully win the trophy,” said Gavrilovic