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Vengsarkar releases T20 World Cup for Blind schedule

AT THE LAUNCH:Dilip Vengsarkar (right) and G.K. Mahantesh (second from right) while releasing the match fixtures for the second World T20 tournament for the Blind.— Photo: PTI

AT THE LAUNCH:Dilip Vengsarkar (right) and G.K. Mahantesh (second from right) while releasing the match fixtures for the second World T20 tournament for the Blind.— Photo: PTI  

Dilip Vengsarkar, former chairman of selectors, released the fixtures for the T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind, organised by the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI), a part of the Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled. “I am humbledby the spirit of the blind cricketers.

“They are an inspiration for the whole world and there cannot be a better platform than this to exhibit their talent, willpower and passion for the game and life.”

The World Cup will be held from January 28 to February 12, 2017, in various cities, including Mumbai. Vengsarkar, a vice-president of MCA, said:

“We have many grounds of International standards in Mumbai and we would be willing to host all the matches.” New Delhi will host the inaugural tie, and Bengaluru is venue for the final.

Nations taking part, apart from host India, are Australia, Bangladesh, England, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies. The tournament will be played on a league-cum-knockout basis. CABI president, G.K. Mahantesh, said: “Vengsarkar’s presence will motivate cricketers and boost their confidence.”

The former India captain recalled his experience watching cricket by visually impaired players during a National Championship in Lucknow a couple of years ago. “I got to watch some great cricket and it was an interesting match. I compliment the players for the passion and hard work. I saw fielders diving all over and even taking some good catches.”

Rahul Dravid, named brand ambassador for the event, also launched CABI’s ‘Support Blind Cricket by buying a Cricket Ball’ campaign. Cricket followers and public can purchase a cricket ball on www.blindcricket.in to support the cause.

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