Bring the Cricket Association for the Blind in India under the jurisdiction of the BCCI
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The Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI), the apex body for the blind cricket across India, is run by a Bangalore-based NGO Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled. However, it has been struggling to provide cricket kits, to conduct selection trials and manage travel fares since 2011.
Globally, all blind cricket teams are affiliated with national cricket boards. The Indian blind cricket team is the only team which is not affiliated with its national cricket board – Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI). It is the only blind team in the world to win all three championships – T20 World Cup, ODI World Cup and the Asian championship organised by the World Blind Cricket Council (WBC). The reciprocation, however, by the authorities in India, is appalling.
After winning the 2017 T20 Cricket World Cup, Ajay Reddy, captain of the Indian cricket team, in an interview to Mid-Day said, “I’m proud to win the World Cup for the country in front of 25,000 spectators but at the same time, I feel sad that 14 out of these 17 players are struggling due to poor financial conditions.” As disturbing as the fact is, only three players of the Indian blind cricket team have decent jobs to support their families. The other cricketers are struggling to make ends meet. Even after winning acclaimed trophies in the past, the unsung heroes of our country are spending money from their own pockets to take part in cricket matches.
Blind cricket is a platform for the all-round development of the visually impaired. It motivates the people who have the sight to foresee their vision. The players who take part in the blind cricket tournaments by fighting against all the odds are ambassadors for millions of visually impaired. The BCCI must recognise the importance of blind cricket and should recognise the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI).
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