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How blind cricket made an England star of Hassan Khan

The chance to play visually impaired cricket has transformed Pakistan-born Hassan Khan’s life, on and off the field

One morning, Hassan Khan woke up blind. Neither he nor his family knew it, and wouldn’t for several years yet, but he was suffering from a genetic disorder. His optic nerves had been damaged and he had lost his sight overnight. He was three. Hassan and his family lived in a small village in Pakistan, outside Multan. No one there really knew what to do with a little blind boy. “I didn’t do anything,” Hassan says. “I couldn’t do anything.” He didn’t go to school, didn’t study at all. “My daily routine was to wake up and walk around the shops on my own, visit people’s houses. And that was it,” he says.

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