Representatives of a number of countries met in England in 1992 to encourage Deaf sports for athletes with disabilities, and constituted a steering committee of international Deaf Cricket. The steering committee later decided to hold the first World Cup for Deaf Cricket in 1995 in Australia. The following seven countries participated: Australia, England, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and South Africa.
The South African Deaf Cricket Association is responsible for the development of Deaf and Hearing Impaired cricket through the assistance of our Affiliates and Associates. Players are encouraged to participate in the mainstream leagues as there is no adaption required (especially where there are not sufficient numbers to form leagues).
To be eligible to play Deaf cricket you must be able to provide an audiogram that shows you have a hearing loss of 55 decibels or more in your better ear. Because the game is played by both cricketers who have total hearing loss and those with only partial hearing loss, players who normally wear hearing aids need to remove them while playing at Inter-Provincial or International levels.
The South African Deaf Cricket Association 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.
Gauteng Deaf Cricket Association
Mr Calvin Kammeraat
011 837 7432
Mr Colin Venter