T he was a wonderful scene on Tuesday when pupils of Blind school were taught how to play cricket. These pupils were taught by the cricket delegation from England which was headed by Andy Sellins, a Coach of the England Blind Team. They mentioned that the most important principle of the game was the sound of the ball and the sound behind the wicket. They stated that they were able to have the blind pupils to play cricket as their counterparts in England have played it for over 50 years; and this has earned them 80 blind clubs in England. “We have decided to train blind pupils in the Country to get them in touch with the World Cricket Blind Council (WCBC) for possible assistance in the future” one of the Trainers said. According to the Trainers, their aim is to ensure that blind pupils have knowledge in cricket and the ambition to continue with cricket in the Country, even when they are not around. Physical and Health Education Teachers should also ensure that cricket be part of their syllabus. In another development the Sierra Leone Cricket Executive would start the National Cricket League on Sunday 16th November 2008 at the Kingtom Oval in Freetown.The Public Relations Officer, Bockarie Alieu said this year’s league is to re-awaken awareness in the general public about the League.
He disclosed that on Saturday 15th November 2008, the Executive Committee would organize a pre-season cricket match between the President’s Eleven Team and a selected side comprising some visiting members of the ‘Cricket for Change’ from the United Kingdom.
The game would be preceded by a 15-over female cricket match between two selected teams, after which certificates would be presented to corporate donors; as well as trophies and certificates to the winners and the runners up of the last Cricket League season.