CRICKET: Return to England set-up for Rugby cricketer

Nathan Foy
Nathan Foy

Foy in visually impaired national team to host India next month

After taking a four-year break from the game, Rugby visually impaired cricketer Nathan Foy insists he is back with a vengeance.

Foy is part of England’s Visually Impaired cricket team that will play host to ODI and T20 world champions India next month, with one of the T20 matches due will be played at the iconic KIA Oval.

The all-rounder’s last game for the Three Lions came back in 2010 against none other than next month’s opponents India.

And after missing out on England’s journey to the semi-finals of last year’s Blind World Cup, Foy is determined to prove himself against the double world champions.

“India are champions for a good reason,” he admitted.

“For us to beat them we’ll need a lot of things to go our way. We can’t afford anything to go against us and we’ve got to hope their batsmen are over-confident and they get complacent as a team.

“They will expect to beat us so we have to prove them wrong.

“We lost quite heavily against them in my last game back in 2010 so I’m hoping this series is an improvement.”

Foy’s England career started in 2000 but he decided to take a break in 2010 to have more time with his family.

Formerly a top order batsman the 34-year-old relishes an opportunity to hit boundaries but is also a leg-spinner.

And the opportunity to bowl a wicket at the KIA Oval is one which Foy has dreamed about since playing there in a friendly game against a sighted side.

“It’s very different to any other ground we play on,” he added. “We’re used to playing at little, small club grounds. Suddenly you’re in such a large, iconic stadium – it’s incredibly different and a very immense feeling.

“I’m very much looking forward to going back and playing a professional game there.

“I just assumed once I’d stepped away and hadn’t trained for four years I wouldn’t play again but that wasn’t the case.

“We feel honoured that the ECB have arranged for us to play there – especially in a day-night game with all the floodlights on.

“I’ve played one game like that before and it was an incredible atmosphere.

“Because it went into the evening a lot of the public turned up to watch and hopefully the same will happen again.”

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