FANS still delighting in the recent World Cup triumph have the chance to revel in more top-flight matches as the Physical Disability Cricket World Series comes to Worcestershire next week.

England, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Pakistan go head-to-head in a series of matches across the county from Monday until Thursday, August 15.

This will be the second time the event has been held in Worcestershire and the first to involve five national teams.

Last year was a tri-nations featuring England, eventual winners Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The NatWest-backed tournament is hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), Worcestershire Cricket Board and the University of Worcester.

Games will be at Barnt Green, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster and Worcester's Old Elizabethans.

It will culminate in England against the Rest of the World for the University of Worcester Cricket Cup at New Road on August 15.

The teams will be staying at the university throughout the tournament.

Ian Martin, ECB’s head of disability cricket, said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming some of the best disability cricketers in the world to Worcestershire in August for what promises to be a highly-competitive series.

“Our England side have lost to Pakistan in our last two finals but with this squad we’re confident of taking that next step to win another major trophy.

“The standard of disability cricket around the world has increased a great deal in recent years which is great for the game and a multi-nation series like this and we can expect a high standard of cricket to be played this summer.

“We hope this world series will inspire more people, both disabled and able-bodied, to pick up a bat and ball and discover that cricket is a game for them.”

The university is well advanced in working to create a new indoor inclusive cricket centre.

Insolvency and restructuring practitioner Iain Nairn is gearing up to captain his country to glory.

It will be a far cry from what a lot of England’s players do for a living but for the skipper cricket and numbers go hand-in-hand.

“I enjoy problem solving and making a difference on a human level,” said Nairn who had his right foot amputated as a toddler.

“Whether I’m helping a business owner because they are under financial pressure and don’t know where to turn or if I’m helping one of our bowlers decide how he is going to approach the next ball after being hit for six, it’s about having a calm head and using your experience to think rationally.”

Nairn led England to runners-up spot last year and is hoping to go one better this time round to defend the crown they won in Bangladesh in 2015.

Juggling a busy life with his business advisory firm Baldwins and England comes with its sacrifices.

“There are a lot of early and late gym sessions and weekends spent travelling to be in the cricket nets but that’s part and parcel of being an elite businessman and athlete,” Nairn added.

“I honestly couldn’t call who is favourite for this tournament which makes it so interesting.

“Having India, one of the world’s biggest cricket nations, on board is a big boost for the tournament and we haven’t seen Afghanistan play in four years so it will be an interesting few days.

“Some non-mainstream parts of English sport are riding the crest of a wave at the minute, particularly off the back of the success of the England women’s football team, so I’d urge people to check the tournament out if they can.

“Some of the skill on show is unbelievable. To give you an idea, we have witnessed players with one arm make diving one-arm catches that are up there with Andrew Strauss’ superman catch in the 2005 Ashes.”

England begin their tournament at Kidderminster on Monday against Pakistan (11am).

They then play India at Bromsgrove on Tuesday (11am), Afghanistan at OEs on Wednesday (3pm) and Bangladesh at Bromsgrove on Friday (3pm).

The final is due to be at Blackfinch New Road on Tuesday, August 13 (3pm).

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