Wednesday 8 January 2014 

Warwickshire's Wyles named in England Physical Disability squad for tour to the UAE


England Physical Disability Head Coach, Chris Ellison, has named a Warwickshire Access batsman Sam Wyles in fifteen-man squad to play a six match ODI and T20 international series against the Pakistan Physical Disability team in the UAE next month.

The fourteen-day tour, which gets underway on the 16th March, will consist of three forty over One-Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals, all played at the ICC Global Cricket Academy in Dubai. 

Cheshire’s Jimmy Williams has once again been charged with captaining the side, which includes six uncapped players at an international level.

It will be the second time that England’s Physical Disability team has contested an official international series against their counterparts from Pakistan, following the team’s inaugural tour to the UAE in 2012.  On that occasion Pakistan proved to be too strong, as Williams’ England side went down 2-0 in the T20 series and subsequently lost the ODIs 2-1. 

Commenting about the tour and the fifteen players selected, England Physical Disability Head Coach, Chris Ellison, said: “The squad is a mix of experience and youth and I'm particularly pleased that we have been able to add six new players to this touring party, who have not played international cricket before.  The introduction of such talented young players to the set-up is evidence for the continued development of our national disability cricket programme.

“A lot of hard work has happened, both on and off the field, since we last played against Pakistan in Dubai two years ago.  All of the players learnt a great deal then, and with the recent instigation of the new regional talent development centres, the players are well prepared for the challenges they will once again face.” 

ECB’s Head of Disability Cricket, Ian Martin, added: “Representing England is the pinnacle for any cricketer and so I am pleased for all of the players that have been selected for this tour.  Pakistan proved to be a tough nut to crack in 2012, they are a strong side and we will have to perform at our very best to beat them, but I am confident that we have selected a squad that can do that."

The fifteen players will be joined by Head Coach, Chris Ellison, newly appointed Assistant Coach, Qasim Ali, Team Manager Neil Bradshaw, and physio Sian Morgan, to form a nineteen-strong touring party.


England Disability Squad

Jimmy Williams (captain)


Matt Askin


Ollie Barton*


Matt Blamire*


Steve Braithwaite*


Fred Bridges


Dan Hamm


Alex Hammond*


Callum Flynn


Gordon Laidlaw


Iain Nairn*


Dan Reynaldo


Liam Thomas


Jordan Williams*


Sam Wyles

















*Uncapped Player


Tour Schedule

21.3.14 (am)

1st T20

ICC Global Cricket Academy

21.3.14 (pm)

2nd T20

ICC Global Cricket Academy


3rd T20

ICC Global Cricket Academy


1st ODI

ICC Global Cricket Academy


2nd ODI

ICC Global Cricket Academy


3rd ODI

ICC Global Cricket Academy

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