Blind players brace up for Indo-Pak cricket series

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:05 IST

The blind cricket teams of Pakistan and India will play five matches against each other for the first time in Pakistan.

Blind players brace up for Indo-Pak cricket series

New Delhi: While the Indian team's tour of Pakistan remains uncertain, the blind cricket teams of Pakistan and India will play five matches against each other for the first time in Pakistan. The hosts are the reigning world champions in blind cricket, a title they won in India in December 2002. Ironically, there's no fight for TV rights nor any sponsorship race and no security concerns either for this version of the game."I believe one should let security be the preserve of the Almighty. I think PCB, PBCC and Government of Pakistan are making necessary facilities to keep our team safe. We believe it's going to be a safe tour and we are not bothered," said George Abraham, Chairman, ACBI.Sporting ties on a highOver the last few months sporting ties with Pakistan have been flourishing. Recently, the Pakistani veterans team played a series in India with the Pakistan A team participating in the Kenstar Cup in Kolkata.The sporting links haven't been limited to cricket alone. There have been squash, tennis and hockey tournaments as well."I'm feeling very happy going to Pakistan as a player. Last time also I enjoyed being there and this time also it's an honour," said Inder Singh, cricketer. The visually challenged players will take the bus to Lahore on the February 18 to play five ODIs over a period of two weeks.This is for the first time that officially a blind cricket team is touring to Pakistan. Its an attempt to strengthen the bond of friendship and sportsmanship and hopefully the BCCI and the government will take a cue from this.

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