James Johnson, David Melling and Shahrukh Syed are joined by Western Australian Cricket Association (WACA) Coach and Talent Specialist Job van Bunge who will take the role of assistant coach for the tournament, which starts on 23 November. 

The talented trio are among an Australian squad mixed with experience and youth. Several players have previously represented the Australian Deaf and Hard of Hearing team, while others will be looking to assert their dominance in their first taste at international level.

Eight nations will compete in the World Cup - hosts India, Australia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

WA spinner Shahrukh Syed will go to India for the World Cup.

Van Bunge said Johnson, Melling and Syed will be in for a learning experience, with all three cricketers new to the Australian team.

“I can only imagine how excited they are to represent their country, it’s a great honour for them,” van Bunge said.

“India will be a big adjustment, but I know they’re going to want to play as well as they can and prove themselves.”

This is van Bunge’s first year being involved with deaf and hard of hearing cricketers and it has been an enjoyable learning experience so far.

“I’ve had to learn how to communicate with the squad in a different way and it’s been rewarding to see the players connect with each other. We’re looking forward to achieving good results at the World Cup,” van Bunge said.

Following a training camp at the Bupa National Cricket Centre in Brisbane earlier this year, the World Cup also signifies the first time Cricket Australia has fully funded the National Deaf Squad for an International tour.

The Australian deaf and hard of hearing squad at the training camp held in Brisbane from 14-22 April.

CA's Executive General Manager of Community Cricket Belinda Clark said the squad is a product of the full pathway that now exists for deaf and hard of hearing cricketers from club through to the annual National Cricket Inclusion Championships.

“I wish the team all the best for this hugely important event and I am sure their performance will inspire Australians and the next generation of deaf and hard of hearing cricketers.”

The squad will travel to New Delhi, India, on 16 November where they will play three practice matches ahead of three World Cup pool matches, with their eyes firmly set on reaching the Semi Finals and Final to be held on 29 and 30 November respectively.

Australian squad: David Melling (WA), James Johnson (WA), Shahrukh Syed (WA), Andrew Park (NSW), Austin Anish Phillip (NSW), Kurt Williams (NSW), Adam Wood (SA), Justin Millard (SA), Luke Trudgett (SA), Sean Walsh (QLD), Blake Pendlebury (VIC), Callum Asbury (VIC), Zac King (VIC), Cameron Wilson (NT).

Coach: Jason Mathers

Assistant Coach: Job Van Bunge

Team Mentor: Dean Barton Smith AM