Cricket: England PD star Laidlaw confident ahead of Bangladesh tour

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Gordon Laidlaw insists there is plenty more than just results to play for in next month’s first ever international physical disability cricket tournament.

Physical disability cricket is still in its infancy, with an England team launched in 2009. Until this year the Three Lions and Pakistan were the only countries to have sides.

But next month Sprotbrough Cricket Club’s Laidlaw will be part of the England team that competes in the sport’s first multi-nation competition.

India, Afghanistan and hosts Bangladesh will join England and Pakistan at the Red Cross International T20 Tournament for people with Physical Disabilities - and Laidlaw hopes it will lead to the introduction of a World Cup.

“We are going out there to win, coming off the back of a good summer where we spent a lot of time together in preparation for the tournament,” said Laidlaw, 35, from Adwick-le-Street.

“I expect us to come back with the trophy.

“I think we are always looking towards getting a World Cup as the ECB are always working hard to develop the game,” he added.

“Ian Martin (ECB National Disability Cricket Manager) is always pushing the disability game across the world.

“We have a young squad who have worked together for two or three years now so if a World Cup happens I think we’ll have a good chance of winning.”

England will play all four teams between September 2-8 with the top two teams taking part in the final on September 10.

Laidlaw has right-sided hemiplegia, a mild form of Cerebral Palsy. He has been involved in the England set-up since 2010.

Keep up to date with the England PD team in Bangladesh, at www.ecb.co.uk or follow @ECB_Cricket.

All County Cricket Boards are running disability cricket programmes, email disabilitycricket@ecb.co.uk to get involved.