Matloob Qureshi talks about issues faced by disabled Pakistani cricketers
Pakistani disabled cricketer Matloob Qureshi has reportedly revealed about his struggle to become a member of the Disabled Cricket team and the issues faced by disabled cricketers in the country.
Qureshi, who lost his right arm in a horrible accident when he was just 5 years old, said that his journey to become a cricketer wasn't easy, but his favourite cricketer Saeed Anwar, who is also his role model, inspired him.
Qureshi said that he played his first national championship for disabled cricketers in 2008 and then in 2009 he was selected for Pakistan's Disabled team, Pakpassion reports.
Qureshi also said that the disabled cricketers get all the facilities that normal First-Class cricketers expect such as traveling and lodging arrangements as well as proper sports clothing, adding that they also get to play on good grounds like Karachi.
Qureshi said that the Pakistan Cricket Board gives them a lot of good exposure and help, adding that the Chief Operating Officer of PCB Subhan Ahmed attended the 4th Pentangular Championship final as Chief Guest.
The cricketer said that in order to support his family he has a small job at the Auqaf Department, which helps him meet his requirements, as cricket alone does not provide the disabled players with a steady income.
Qureshi said that he believes in the motto that 'practice makes it perfect', as he struggled hard to bat despite his disability.
Qureshi also said that his love for cricket has helped him overcome a lot of hurdles as well as pain.
Qureshi is currently part of the Balochistan team and plays as a regular member of the squad for the annual Pentangular Tournament, which the team has won thrice since it was first introduced in 2010, the report added.
(Posted on 06-04-2014)