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India’s blind team to play Pakistan in bilateral series

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India’s blind cricket team is touring Pakistan for the third time © Getty Images (Representational Photo)

Feb 13, 2014

A 15-member Indian blind cricketers team is going to to play Pakistan in three Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) and three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) from Saturday.

“This is the third time the Indian blind team is going to Pakistan for the bilateral series and hope to register our first win as we lost in the previous two tournaments played in 2004 and 2011,” Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) manager Endal John David told IANS from Amristar on Thursday. The team will cross through the Attari-Wagah border post.

India will play the three T20I ties in Lahore and Faisalabad and all the three ODIs in Karachi during its 10-day trip. India is the T20 World Cup  champion after beating Pakistan in final on December 13, 2012.

Organised by CABI in association with the Bangalore-based Samarthanam Trust for the disabled, the squad has players from nine states across the country — four from Gujarat, two each from Andhra Pradesh, Haryana and Odisha and one each from Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

The players are classified into three categories — totally blind (B1), partially blind (B2) and with partial vision (B3). The playing team comprises four B1, three B2 and four B3 members, while wicketkeeper belongs to the B3 category.

The lone player from Karnataka — Lachma Shekar Naik (B3) is the captain and Ajaykumar Reddy (B2) from Andhra Pradesh is vice-captain while Majhi Sukhram from Odisha is wicketkeeper.

“They never ask for the sight-screen to be shifted. In fact, they do not need a sight-screen. They can only hear the ball, strokes and excited shrieks and shouts of their teammates,” said coach Joseph Patrick Rajkumar.

Interestingly, lighting in a day-night game means little to the players of both teams as the umpire is the only one who sees the game.

“As cricket is an obsession in the subcontinent, the blind are no exception to the game, especially in the shorter version,” David asserted.

Besides the central and state governments, the team got support from the Sports Auhtority of India and corporates from across the country.

“We hope the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which is the game’s richest body, will consider granting affiliation to our association as we are striving to promote the sport with other cricket-playing countries among the visually impaired,” said CABI president Nagesh.

“We are going to Pakistan as World champions with confidence high and sound fitness. We are looking forward to an exciting series and hope to win this time,” Naik observed.

The team members had a 10-day rigourous practice session in Bangalore since Feb 4 under the guidance of Patrick [coach] for the series.

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