The Indian Blind Cricket team following a month-long practice in Bengaluru, India, are all set to fight it out in the ODI World Cup for the Blind which is scheduled to be played in Pakistan and Dubai from 7th to 21st January. The President of the Cricket Association for the Blind in India and the World, GK Mahantesh told reporters that they were ready to take on Pakistan in their country but haven’t been granted permission yet to visit Pakistan for the tournament.
Mahantesh further conceded the fact that if they are not granted permission to fly to Pakistan and take part in the tournament, the teams will play in Dubai. Meanwhile, it must be noted that the Men in Blue are the defending champions of the tournament. They defeated arch-rivals Pakistan in the previous edition of the tournament to clinch the World Cup title.
The Indian team led by Arvind Kumar Reddy will fly to Delhi o January 5, and if the government grants permission, they will enter Pakistan through the Wagah border. In case they don’t get the permission, they will fly to Dubai. The skipper conceded that the team had practiced on bouncy and slow turning wickets to get used to all sorts of conditions.
Former Indian wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani has been encouraging them during the net sessions and was confident of the fact that the team would go on to retain the title.
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