Blind cricket is a version of the sport adapted for blind and partially sighted players. It has been governed by the World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC) since 1996. South Africa has featured in two significant milestones in the history of Blind cricket, viz:
- World’s first Test Cricket match for the Blind was played between Pakistan and South Africa in which Pakistan defeated South Africa by 94 runs.
- South Africa won the first Blind Cricket World Cup in 1998, defeating Pakistan in the final.
Blind Cricket South Africa is responsible for the development of Blind and Visually Impaired cricket through the assistance of our Members.
There are three internationally recognized Blind and Visually Impaired cricket categories that players fall into, known as B1, B2 and B3.
All players must undergo a valid eye-classification procedure conducted by an Ophthalmologist and returned to the National Co-ordinator of BCSA for verification and approval before being classified as eligible to participate.
This category ranges from those with no light perception in either eye up to those with light perception, but no ability to recognise the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction.
This includes players able to recognise the shape of a hand up to those with a visual acuity of 2/60 or a visual field of less than five degrees. These upper limits apply to the better eye after correction.
These players either have a visual acuity between 2/60 and 6/60 or a visual field of less than 20 degrees in their better eye after correction.
Blind Cricket South Africa conducts an Annual Inter-Provincial tournament for their affiliated members. Selectors / Scouts are appointed to identify talent for the national team.
The selected National team will, from time to time, participate in a World Cup or embark on or host International tours.