Pakistan series for Newc CC player
Congratulations to Iain Nairn, who has been selected as Vice-Captain for the ECB PD (Physical Disability) squad to take on Pakistan in a series to be held in Dubai in March. Iain has played with Newcastle CC since 2005 and captained the team which won the North East Premier League Second Division title.
Iain (pictured centre, standing, with the ECB squad at the Jesmond Ground) said: ‘It is a huge privilege to be able to represent your country at the sport you love. Being involved in the leadership of the team as vice captain makes it even more special.’
He urged people with disabilities to get involved with the growing number of opportunities to play cricket. The ECB is a world leader for disability cricket, developing Regional Talent centres and offering cricket for people with with learning difficulties, visually impairments and deafness, as well as physically disabilities.
“I lost my leg aged 16 months due to a congenital birth defect. I have had a cricket bat in my hand since before I was walking and have been fortunate to have had a very supportive family who have encouraged me to make the most of my ability rather than my disability. With this family support and the support of teachers, the Club, my team mates and oppositions in the NEPL, I have been able to reach this point in my career.”
Iain captained the RGS first team and represented Northumberland through school age groups and then went on to represent Durham at U19. He has played with Newcastle CC since 2005 and joined the ECB squad in July 2012. He runs his own company, Assure Business Rescue & Recovery, and has recently joined the Lord’s Taverners Board.
Read here about Iain’s match at the Jesmond Ground with the England PD team.
And here’s the Journal’s front page story.
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