Dilip Vengsarkar releases 2nd T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind match schedule
Cricket Association for the Blind in India to host World Cup in Jan-Feb 2017
MUMBAI: As the momentum for 2nd T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind builds up, former Indian Cricketer & Captain Padma Shri Dilip Vengsarkar today released the Match Fixtures for the tournament here. The Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI), the cricketing arm of Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, is organizing the 2nd T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind, in Jan-Feb, 2017.
Speaking on the occasion, Dilip Vengsarkar shared his views, “I am humbled by the spirit of the blind cricketers. They are an inspiration for the whole world and there cannot be a better platform than this where they can exhibit their talent, willpower and passion for the game and life. I thank the CABI for their wonderful efforts over the years in fostering the game for the blind and I pledge my support towards the cause of Cricket for the Blind.”
“The Indian team has an interesting talent pool and their preparation in the run up to the World Cup will be crucial. I wish good luck to the Indian team and all other participating international Teams. I personally appeal people to come out and watch matches in the stadium to encourage the players,” added Vengsarkar.
The CABI was overwhelmed by Vengsarkar’s presence at the event. Thanking one of the greatest cricketers of all-time for his support, CABI President Mahantesh G K said, “We are extremely delighted that Vengsarkar sir released the Match Fixtures of the 2nd T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind. I profusely thank Mr. Vengsarkar for having taken time out of his busy schedule to be part of this event. His presence will motivate the blind cricketers and will boost their confidence.”
The World Cup Tournament will be held from January 28, 2017 to February 12, 2017 in various cities across the country. Multiple matches will be held in Mumbai as well. “I am personally excited about the way the preparations are shaping up and I am confident that we will have a successful tournament in this global awareness initiative for visually impaired by Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled and Cricket Association for the Blind in India,” Mr. Mahantesh added.
The tournament will be played from January 28 to February 12, with the tournament inaugural hosted in New Delhi and the Tournament Grand Finale in Bengaluru. India, Australia, Bangladesh, England, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies will be participating in the World Cup. The tournament will be played on a league-cum-knockout basis in multiple cities across India.
Earlier this month, Rahul Dravid was announced as the Brand Ambassador for this edition of the T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind. He also launched CABI’s ‘Support Blind Cricket by buying a Cricket Ball’ campaign on the occasion. Students and general public can purchase a cricket ball online www.blindcricket.in to support the cause of cricket for the blind.
“Cricket is more than a religion in India and supporting the passion among visually impaired strengthens the inherent sportsmanship. The game imparts discipline, teamwork, fitness, strategic planning and competitiveness with focus on skills rather disabilities. Eventually, blind cricket would help the visually impaired integrate into mainstream and offer employment opportunities. Cricket for the Blind in India needs avid support and continuous financial contribution & sponsorships from society, corporate and the Government towards development of the game, infrastructure, tournament expenses and player fee,” pointed out Mr. Mahantesh.
Expenses towards Hosting and Organizing the 2nd T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind is estimated at INR 24.5 Crores. CABI appeals to corporates, govt. and people of the country to come forward to sponsor and contribute. All contributions are exempt from Income Tax under 80G. Additionally it is also listed under the Para-Sports category of Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative.
2nd T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind Fixtures
January 28, 2017 – February 12, 2017
Participating Teams: 1. Australia 2. Bangladesh 3. England 4. India 5.Nepal 6.New Zealand 7. Pakistan 8.South Africa 9. Sri Lanka 10. West Indies
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