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Maiden Women’s Cricket Team for the Blind announced


 The Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) has announced the selection of India’s first-ever women’s cricket team for the blind, which will represent the country in the upcoming Bilateral Series against Nepal.

The selection was made based on the players’ performances in the recently concluded selection trials held in Bhopal. The Bilateral tour is scheduled to take place in Nepal from April 25th to 30th.

The players’ performances were closely monitored by the officials, including Selection

Committee Chairman Mr. E John David during the selection trials. The 17-member squad

selected from the trials will go down in history as the first-ever Indian team to compete in

the T20 Bilateral Series for the Blind. Speaking on the selection process, Mr. E John David,

Chairman of the CABI Selection Committee and General Secretary of the Cricket

Association for the Blind in India, stated that 38 players were initially shortlisted for the

selection trials based on their performances in the previous national tournaments, and

expressed confidence that the selected 17 players form a strong team that will emerge

victorious in the upcoming tournament in Nepal.

Dr. Mahantesh G. Kivadasannavar, President of CABI, expressed his excitement about the

announcement, stating, “This is something that we have been eagerly anticipating for a long

time. It is time to showcase to the world that India is proud to have its first-ever women’s

cricket team for the blind. I am confident that this is just the beginning, and these women

will make us even prouder and inspire many more visually impaired women to play cricket

with passion.”

The 17-member squad will participate in an intensive national cricket coaching camp at

Sarda Sportscube Foundation in Gurugram from April 17, 2023 to April 22, 2023. On April

23, 2023, the Indian team, along with officials, will depart from Delhi to Nepal to compete in

5 T20 matches in Pokhara and Kathmandu. Cricket Association for the Blind in India proudly

announced Sushma Patel from Madhya Pradesh as the captain and Gangavva

Neelappa Harijan from Karnataka as the vice-captain for the upcoming T20 bilateral

cricket series for the blind between India and Nepal in 2023.

Initiated by CABI and Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, the idea of introducing cricket

for visually impaired women had been in the works for some time. Following the success of

Cricket for Visually Impaired Men in the last decade, the T-20 National Trophy for Visually

Impaired Women was introduced in 2019, with 150 women from 7 different states


The first National tournament was won by Odisha. Smrithi Mandhana, Vice-captain of the

Indian women’s cricket team, supported the effort by becoming the brand ambassador, and

the legendary West Indian cricketer Brian Lara showed his solidarity by attending the press

conference at the launch of the tournament.

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