They can’t see, but made others look: Blind cricket players want BCCI recognition

They are unable to see the world but have made the world look at them. India’s Blind cricket team beat the defending champion Pakistan to win the World Cup in South Africa on Sunday.

“If you think it was by fluke that we won the T20 world cup, this is the answer to those who still doubt in the blind cricket players ability. This win is very special to us as Pakistan won the championship from 2006. After a gap of 8 years, this 40 ODI resumed with Pakistan as the defending champions,” said Shekhar Naik, the captain of India’s Blind team.

“The winning of the ODI would not have been any special if it was not for Pakistan who provided all the ingredients of a terrific nail biting final.

One could witness revenge, anger, passion, determination and every feeling being bartered between 2 teams. Yes, it was indeed a icing on top of the cake to win against Pakistan,” the captain added. “It is high time that the Indian blind cricket is given its due. Is not two world cups sufficient enough on the feather of our cap?! We earnestly request the Indian cricket board to recognize us as the boards of other countries like Pakistan, England etc have done”.

The Indian blind team captain is hoping to hear words of encouragement from Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

“We love to have a word of praise and congratulations from the Indian team captain, Dhoni whom many blind cricket players just adore and appreciate.

“Sunday belonged to all the disabled persons in India. We dedicate the cup to all their spirits and underlying courage,” he concluded. “We too love India and represent India, please look at us as we cant see. At least India now take a look at us, we have done India proud. Today the entire world is seeing India in our eyes.”

 

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
His twitter bio reads: Eat cricket stories, drink cricket stories, sleep cricket stories.

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