Wednesday, April 12, 2006 – The Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association
will be staging the first ever public demonstration of Blind Cricket at Monday's
Senior Games on April 17th. 2006.
Executive Director of the Association Mr. Anthony Avril said the public can
expect to see the game which is novel to the island, in full swing around lunch
time on that day. He says it will also be an opportunity for the rest of the
community to learn more about the game.
“ The best explanation I can give is that it is that the game is similar to 'wole
laba' which is under arm bowling not over arm and in blind cricket however the
ball has to bounce at least twice before it gets to the batter. it can roll on
the ground or bounce twice before it can get to the batter. “
Mr. Avril says blind cricket teams carry the same number of players as normal
cricket teams but different rules govern the game. For example every team must
include four totally blind players.
“While the ball is different, the bat used during blind cricket is a regular
cricket bat, the ball is different, same size but the ball has some pebbles
inside so it makes a bit of noise because with blind cricket a lot depends on
sound and the players have to listen to the ball and try to follow the sound.”
Persons who will head to the National Stadium in Vieux Fort for the Easter
Monday event will also notice the blind and visually impaired players wearing
armbands. The armbands will indicate the category that players belong to and
that will be decided by an ophthalmologist before the game begins.