First Kashmir blind cricket tourney begins today in DPS

Teams line up to greet each other before the match begins in Srinagar's DPS school. Photograph by Sanna Irshad Mattoo
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Srinagar: A tournament for cricketers with blindness was organised by J&K Handicapped association Srinagar and Empowering persons with disabilities trust on Saturday.

The tournament was organised in collaboration with Humanity welfare organisation Helpline and D. P Dhar Memorial Athwajan Srinagar in the play grounds of DPS srinagar.

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The Commissioner for persons with Disabilities M. I. Lone was the chief guest and Basant Rath IG J&K police along with Javed Ahmad Tak were guests of honour.

The programme was sponsored by space communication Rajbagh. Four league teams in which players from all districts of Kashmir valley are participating in four matches.

In a statement issued here a spokesman said that the first match was played between Red team and yellow team. The red team win the toss and elected to bat. They fixed target of 128 runs.

“Talking on occasion organiser Abdul Rashid Bhat said that the match is to create awareness among masses that disability is no way inability. The cricket match has objective to provide platform for young blind cricketers to show their talent.” Said the spokesman.

The Commissioner for persons with disabilities said that government is committed to empower persons with disabilities in all areas and j&K will be first of the state to create accessibility at larger levels.

Basant Rath the guest of honor said that sports is one of the best activities to empower persons with disabilities, ” I am always ready to support and help in these events.” The spokesman quoted Rath as saying.

Javed Ahmad Tak the renowned disability Activist said that it is for the first time that cricketers with blindness got such a big platform.

“The sports infrastructure like outdoor stadiums and indoor stadiums in J&K are completely non disable friendly and government should take initiatives to remove all barriers to create inclusion in sports and recreation activities. There is need for special coaches and accessible grounds to create inclusion in sports otherwise empowerment and overall development of persons with disabilities is a hollow slogan,”  tak added

MR Dhar chairman DP Dhar memorial trust said that trust is committed to support all activities linked to the development of persons with disabilities.
Various cricketers with disabilities urged that the ice breaking event should now change into quarterly event so that persons with blindness can participate and become international level players.

As per recent report team yellow won by 6 wickets

“In first match Mohammad Ashraf has been declared man of the match. He took 6 wickets and made 37 runs. In second match between team blue and green. Blue team won toss and elected to bat. Mr waseem took 4 wickets and made 40 runs not out. He was declared man of the match. Tomorrow final will be played between team yellow and blue.” Said the spokesman.