Cricket Association for the Blind in India awaits government’s approval to travel to Pakistan for World Cup

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Bengaluru: Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) is awaiting clearance from the Indian government to travel to Pakistan for the fifth Cricket World Cup scheduled to be held from 7 to 21 January.

“Pakistan and Dubai will be hosting world cup for blind from 7 to 21 January, but we are awaiting green signal from the Indian government for us to go to Pakistan,” CABI General Secretary John David told PTI.

Players if India's blind cricket team felicitated by then Sports minister Vijay Goel. Image courtesy: CABI website

Players of India’s blind cricket team felicitated by then Sports Minister Vijay Goel. Image courtesy: CABI website

In the past, the Indian team was allowed to travel to Pakistan for the tournament despite the political tensions between the two neighbouring countries.

David exuded confidence that the Indian government would give them the go ahead this time too.

“We have applied for permission. I am very hopeful that our government will allow us to fly down to Pakistan to play. In 2011, 2013 and 2014 we flew to Pakistan to play matches amidst political tension between the neighbouring countries,” he said.

Apart from India and Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Australia and South Africa are the other participating nations, CABI President G K Mahantesh said.

The team will be flying to Pakistan on 5 January for the event after undergoing a month-long training.

“Pakistanis have been a good host earlier. People there are hospitable and we enjoyed every bit of the stay in Pakistan during our previous tours,” Mahantesh said.

“I and players would really like to visit Pakistan. We are hoping a positive response from our government.”

Blind players are the best ambassadors for improving relationship between India and Pakistan, he said.

India Squad:

Md. Jafar Iqbal (B1 category), Nareshbhai Tumda (B1), Mahender Vaishnav (B1), Sonu Golkar (B1), Prem Kumar B1), Basappa Vadgol (B1), Ajay Kumar Reddy (B2), D. Venkateswara Rao (B2), Ganeshbhai Muhudkar (B2), Surajit Ghara (B2), Anilbhai Gariya (B2), Prakash Jayaramaiah (B3), Deepak Malik (B3), Sunil Ramesh (B3), T. Durga Rao (B3), Pankaj Bhue (B3), Rambir (B3).

Published Date: Dec 07, 2017
| Updated Date: Dec 07, 2017



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