Blind Cricket has been played in New Zealand for well over 30 years and is enjoyed by players of all ages – how can it not be when cricket itself is one of NZ’s favourite past times during the warm summer months.
The New Zealand Blind Cricket Association INC is the governing body of blind cricket in New Zealand. Not only do we oversee the day to day running of Blind Cricket in New Zealand, we are also a part of the World Blind Cricket Council which is the international body of Blind Cricket. The WBCC has affiliates from 10 countries including Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and West Indies.
Blind Cricket is very similar to the conventional game of able body (sighted) cricket. The most significant differences are that we bowl underarm, the stumps are metal to give an audible sound, the ball is plastic with small plastic balls in it to make it rattle when it is moving and we have three sight categories dependant on your degree of vision.
An explanation of the sight categories:
B1 – is someone who is totally blind and is therefore unable to see anything.
B2 – is someone who is able to see a little bit but not much (up to 2/60 vision), they may have a field of vision of 5 degrees or less.
B3 – is someone who is able to see reasonably well but is still classed as blind(between 2/60 to 6/60 vision), they can also have a restricted field of vision between 5 and 20 degrees.
Because we like to encourage inclusion, we will often allow for sighted people to join in our games and offer them simulation specs so they can experience what it might be like for a vision impaired person to play cricket.
If you want to find out more about Blind Cricket, our National competition – The Summer Series or what our National team the New Zealand BLINDCAPS are up to, please check out our website www.nzbcainc.co.nz or have a look at our facebook page for up to date details about what has been happening www.facebook.com/NZBCA