Minister promises aid for T20 World Cup for the Blind

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has promised support for the second T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind, hosted in India, which will be organised by the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI).

Pradhan has been invited to be the Guest of Honour at the opening ceremony of the World Cup, to be held in Delhi on January 29.   -  special arrangement

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has promised support for the second T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind, hosted in India, which will be organised by the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI).

During the Union Minister’s visit to Bhubaneswar, CABI officials submitted a proposal seeking financial assistance from the Ministry and also extended a warm invitation to the Union Minister, Dharmendra Pradhan, to be the Guest of Honour at the opening ceremony of the World Cup to be held in Delhi on January 29.

The officials briefed the Minister on the extensive preparations towards organising the event and requested for the best possible support for the same.

M. J. Srikant, Strategist on Board CABI, said: “Supporting Cricket for the Blind is not just about organising the world cup, the tournament will have a great impact on their individual lives and their livelihood progress. We had a very positive interaction with the Honourable Union Petroleum Minister, he is very well aware of the significance and impact of this World Cup on the visually impaired and their lives. He was appreciative of the efforts that have gone in so far towards organizing the tournament and has promised the best possible support from the PSUs under the Petroleum Ministry.”

Sannyas Kumar Behara, Secretary of Cricket Association for the Visually Impaired Odisha (CAVI), said: “Support from the government will help us organise the World Cup successfully and accomplish objectives for the Visually Impaired Cricketers. We are glad we could share the importance and need for support with the Union Petroleum Minister, going by which if we receive support from the PSU’s under the ministry, it will be a great contribution towards Cricket for the Blind and will encourage many more differently abled to take up the sport."