"A warm welcome & best wishes to all the teams & supporting staff who have come to participate in the T20 World Cup for the Blind 2017," Narendra Modi tweeted    IANS
“A warm welcome & best wishes to all the teams & supporting staff who have come to participate in the T20 World Cup for the Blind 2017,” Narendra Modi tweeted IANS

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday welcomed and extended best wishes to all the teams participating in the T20 World Cup for the blind being hosted by India and said it will popularise cricket among the visually-handicapped. “A warm welcome & best wishes to all the teams & supporting staff who have come to participate in the T20 World Cup for the Blind 2017,” he tweeted. “The T20 World Cup will showcase quality sporting talent among the players & will popularise cricket among blind persons,” the Prime Minister added. 10 teams are participating in the tournament which started on Monday. Matches will be held in a number of cities across the country. The final will be held on February 12.

Earlier, defending champions India thrashed Bangladesh by 129 runs in the opening match of the T20 cricket World Cup for the blind on Monday. Electing to bat after winning th toss, India posted a mammoth 279 runs for the loss of just five wickets. Openers Prakash J (96) and Ketan Patel (98) smashed quick half-centuries for India. In reply, Bangladesh could only muster 150 runs for the loss of seven wickets. Deepak Malik picked up two wickets for India. In the second game of the opening day, arch-rivals Pakistan defeated New Zealand by 10 wickets.

Invited to bat, New Zealand scored meagre 112 runs from their 20 overs, a target which Pakistan overwhelmed with consummate ease, reaching 117 in just 7.2 overs. Earlier, a 17-member Indian team was on Wednesday announced for the upcoming second World T20 for the visually challenged to be held in the country from January 28 in 2017.