Deaf cricket started out as a Great Britain Team - part of the British Deaf Sports Council in 1988, with a trip to the West Indies by a squad of 15 players to play some matches against local teams.
In 1991, a Great Britain Team toured Australia playing five test matches, which the home nation won easily 4-0.
In 1994, the Australians visited England and retained the Deaf Ashes winning a five test matches series by two matches to nil.
In 1996, the inaugural Deaf World Cup was held in Melbourne, Australia, featuring teams from Pakistan, New Zealand, India, South Africa, Sri Lanka, the host nation and Great Britain. The British side reached the final, reaching 261 off their allocated 50 overs before losing by 5 wickets to Australia.
In 2000, the second World Cup which was due to be held in South Africa, was called off three weeks before, due to financial and administrative difficulties experienced by the organisers in South Africa.