9 countries to participate in T-20 Blind Cricket World Cup
Teams from nine countries will be participating in the first T-20 Blind Cricket World Cup to be played here from December 2-13.
The teams are from Australia, Bangladesh, England, Pakistan, South Africa, West Indies Sri Lanka, Nepal and hosts India.
World Blind Cricket Council (WBBC) General Secretary Bhavani Prasad, addressing a press conference, appealed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) to recognise the cricket for Blind and help the game to flourish.
Cricket Association for Blind in India (CABI) General Secretary G K Mahantesh, who is also Founder Managing Trustee of Samarthanam, an NGO which has taken the intiative to conduct the event, said that the 17 member Indian team was selected after selection trials tournament held at Dharwad in Karnataka and Kochi in Kerala.
The rules for the tournament are unlike the usual T20 Criciet tournament and the ball to be played will have jingling bells in it for the visually impaired to take the game forward relying on their sharp hearing senses ability.