Kochi | Five countries, including World Cup Champions, India, would vie for honours at the first 20-20 Asia Cup Cricket Match for the Blind, to be held here from January 16 -24, 2016, the organisers informed today.
Addressing the media here, Cricket Association for the Blind in Kerala (CABK) General Secretary Rajesh Henry said besides India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh would take part in the nine-day event which would be hosted by CABK.
Prominent players, including Mohammad Akram, who created a world record hammering 266 runs, including 42 fours and 6 sixes from 92 balls, Prakash Jairammia, star player in the 20-20 Blind World Cup, Indian skipper for the 20-20 World Cup Sekhar Nayak, Sri Lanka Star Batsman in the World Cup Chandna Despriya and Kethan Bhai, whose 98 runs from 43 balls helped beat Pakistan, would also be in action, he said.
Rather than considering it as a competition, the objective of conducting such matches was to extend mental support to the blind cricketers, he added.
By conducting such matches, it was expected such international competitions would be brought to the attention of BCCI and other cricket organisations and gain more popularity, he said adding the organisers were expecting to conduct the match with the same standard and glamour of normal cricket.
Stating the Asian Cup was the first step towards a long cherished dream of realising a cricket academy for the blind, he said the objective also included to make available financial gain as well as glamour to the blind cricketers like other normal cricketers.
In the inaugural match, Indian will take on Bangladesh and finals would be played on January 24, he added.