The two-day south zone cricket tournament for persons with disabilities got under way here on Saturday with former Indian skipper Ajit Wadekar and former India leg-spinner B.S. Chandrashekar lending support to the game.
Organised by Parivarthanam Public Charitable Trust and KMPK Trust, in association with Karnataka State Sports Centre for Disabled, the tournament saw participants from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.
Mr. Wadekar is the founder president of All India Cricket Association for the Physically Challenged (AICAPC). The association has been promoting the game for persons with disabilities for two decades.
In his inaugural speech, Mr. Wadekar appreciated the organisers for holding the tournament and said that the AICAPC would hold international tournaments on the lines of the Indian Premier League and a world cup tournament in the months ahead. K.N. Vinay Kumar, organiser, told The Hindu that they had organised the Dasara Cup last year and hence wanted to carry on the tradition. The semi-finals and finals will be played on Sunday at the Railway Grounds.