Pakistan’s blind cricket team eyeing to play T20 World Cup

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Pakistan’s blind cricket team eyeing to participate in T20 World Cup
Pakistan blind cricketers listen to their national anthem before the start of a match between the Pakistan and Indian blind cricket teams at the Bagh-e-Jinnah cricket ground in Lahore on February 15, 2014. A 17-man Indian squad are in the country to play a series of three Twenty20s and as many one-day matches in Pakistan in their first visit for three years. AFP PHOTO/Arif ALI

Pakistan blind cricket team is hopeful to participate in the upcoming T20 World Cup for Blinds, which is to be played in India early next year.

Although, the neighbouring countries, Pakistan and India, are going through a rough political patch, but, the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) has applied for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the government.

Due to the recent political rift, the sporting activities between the two countries have been severely affected. BCCI did not allow their women team to play a bilateral series against Pakistan’s women team. Moreover, Anurag Thakur, the President of BCCI asked ICC to not put the arch-rivals in the same group of a multi-nation event.

Recently, Pakistan’s kabaddi team was not invited to feature in the Kabaddi World Cup, which held in India.

However, Pakistan have issued NOC to the national junior hockey team to participate in Junior Hockey World Cup that is to be played in India from December 8.

PBCC Chairman Syed Sultan Shah has accepted the fact that there will be threats while visiting the neighbouring country and there will be a hostile reception probably by the crowd as well., However, PBCC believes that Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) will manage the situation.

Shah talked to Express Tribune and said, “We requested the CABI not to plan our matches in Mumbai because of security threats. We asked them to stage our matches in three venues — New Delhi, Bangalore and Faridabad — and they accepted our request,.”

“We didn’t want to put our players under pressure as sentiments in other cities have been very hostile for Pakistan teams,” he added.

They are looking forward to get permission from the government, “It would be good if we get the permission within a couple of weeks so that we will get time to prepare for the championship.”

The tournament is to take place from January 28 to February 12.

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