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20 Feb, 2012 ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat says physical disability cricket on the agenda

ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat says physical disability cricket on the agenda after ground-breaking Pakistan England series at ICC Global Cricket Academy

"In March we'll look at it and the first thing we'd like to do is put a framework together to bring it under the banner of the ICC"

Captains hope series will be a catalyst towards a physical disability world cup

Audio from Haroon Lorgat and two captains Saleem Karim and James Williams available for free editorial use at www.audioboo.fm

International Cricket Council (ICC) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat has confirmed physical disability cricket is on the global governing body's agenda after the completion of the Pakistan England series at the ICC Global Cricket Academy at Dubai Sports City.

The series, the first between two national teams of physically disabled players where both line-ups are recognised and endorsed by the governing body of cricket in their country, concluded on Sunday with a nine-wicket win for Pakistan in the third and final One-Day International (ODI).

And at the conclusion of the match, Mr Lorgat said: "We started to look at this (physical disability cricket) a little while back and it is a piece we have been looking at in recent (ICC) meetings.

"In the March agenda we'll look again at it and the first thing we would like to do is put a framework together to bring it under the banner of the ICC.

"There was an awareness that needed to be created and the people in England and Pakistan in particular have raised that level in those two countries.

"The media coverage here and the statistics the players have presented are something for others to see now and at the next CEC (ICC Chief Executives' Committee) meeting we will talk some more and we will present that coverage.

"There is a long way to go but this is a great start," he added.

Pakistan took the ODI series 2-1 after earlier taking the Twenty20 International series 2-0, but results were secondary to the impression the matches created, especially with the ICC.

"In short, it has been indescribable," said Mr Lorgat. "It is a part of the game that perhaps we don't pay as much attention to as it is not as flashy as the big boys when they play their first choice teams or female cricket in recent times.

"But credit to those who have persevered and the management of the two teams (Pakistan and England) deserve an enormous amount of credit.

"The teams have opened our eyes by displaying the skill, talent and passion they have over the past two weeks and the players deserve credit for playing the game in the spirit in which they have."

Pakistan captain and key organiser of the series Saleem Karim hoped it would aid the process of more countries embracing physical disability cricket.

"My wish is to get the Test nations to make disabled teams," he said. "There are teams for blind, deaf and women players and those who play Tests should make physically disabled teams as well. If they do then it would be better for us and better for the world."

Both Saleem Karim and England captain James Williams said their hope was for the success of the series to be a catalyst for a physical disability world cup in the coming years.

"When two or three more teams make national teams then we can play each other and after that we can get a Twenty20 world cup," said the Pakistan captain.

And Mr Williams added: "Obviously this has been a spectacle as it has been a first but hopefully more countries will come on board, it will grow from here and we can get a world cup series, although that depends on what other countries come on line."

Interviews with Haroon Lorgat, Saleem Karim (in English and Urdu) and James Williams can be heard at www.audioboo.fm. To access them, just type DSC into the search-engine in the top right-hand corner of the Audioboo homepage.

All audio is broadcast quality and is free for editorial use.

Details of the Pakistan England physical disability series can be found here:


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