Lone women cricketer in Australia's World Cup Twenty20 side, Christine Casey is on a mission
Australian blind cricketer Christine Casey (right) trains with a teammate at MCA-BKC ground on Friday. Pic/SURESH KARKERA
Australian Christine Casey has yet to be a stand-out performer in the ongoing blind T20 World Cup, but she stands out because she is the only female player in the Australian team.
Casey, who falls in the B1 category, was not included in Saturday's game against Bangladesh which the Asian team won, but there's a good chance she will get a hit in the remaining games.
She was included in the Australian men's T20 World Cup squad after she sparkled at the national selection camp recently. She also performed for Victoria in the national tournament thanks to her batting exploits at No. 6 and giving a good account of herself in the field.
Originally from Queensland, Casey, now a school teacher, was first introduced to cricket in primary school as her brother Michael played the sport when he was younger. She got hooked to cricket. Armed with complete support from her family, Casey chased her cricketing dreams.
Casey at MCA-BKC ground on Saturday. Pic/BINAISHA M SURTI
“Firstly, playing cricket was never what I intended to do. It happened by accident. There were a group of blind cricketers who came to my school to play a match against us. When I went to university, I was invited to try my hand at some serious cricket and from then onwards, it was no looking back as I now play for my country,” Casey told mid-day.
Talking about her aspirations, goals and beliefs Casey said: “I will continue to improve my game and would like to get selected for another international competition soon. There is no such word as can't. If you think you can then you will do it. Anything that is worth acquiring is going to take some effort so one has to be patient and keep working hard.”
Facing discrimination is out of the question. Casey added: “I have never felt they look down upon me because I am a female cricketer. I train as hard as the rest of them. We are all very supportive of each other and I just make sure that whatever I do, I give my best.”