Published On: Sat, Feb 13th, 2021

Blind Cricket Conclave Championing the Cause of Blind Cricket in India and beyond

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Bengaluru, 13th February 2021 : Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) and Samarthanam Trust in association with IndusInd Bankorganized a Blind Cricket Conclave on February 13, 2021in Bengaluru. The Conclave recalled the achievementsof Cricket for the Blind, the success stories, the future of blind cricket and ways to widen its reach.

DrMahantesh GKivadasannavar, President of CABI, Founder Trustee, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, Shri AdwaitHebbar, Head Corporate Services &CSR, IndusInd Bank, Shri Paneesh Rao, Chief People Officer, Mind Tree, Shri MilindGunaji, Bollywood Actor/ TV Host,Shri SujithSomasundar, Former Indian Cricketer& current mental conditioning Coach, Indian Men’s Team, Ms. ShanthaRangaswamy, Former Indian Women’s Team Captain & BCCI Apex Council Member, Shri K.T. Rajan, Head of Technology & Innovation, India, British Deputy High Commission,Dr Anil Rao Paila, Senior Dean & Director, WeSchool, MsPallavi Raj, IndusInd Bank, Shri Subhash Mahajan Ex Indian AirForce,  MsKripa Williams, CSR Allergan and CABI officialsparticipated in the Conclave.

The Impact Study Report on CABI, and the CABI Documentary filmwere released during the Conclave.

In his address, DrMahanteshG.Kivadasannavar welcomed and thanked the dignitaries, supportersand  Blind Cricketers from across India who were present in spite of the pandemic and said I am sure this Conclave will generate fresh ideas, insights and solutions to challenges of Blind Cricketers -India in particular and around the globe too. This Conclave is a milestone in the journey of blind cricket”he added.

Shri MilindGunaji, the famous Bollywood Actor& TV Host speaking vociferously at theConclavesaid“Support for Blind Cricketers from society should come, not out of compassion or sympathy;it has to be based on the competitivenessdisplayed by these sports people; these cricketers are talented, and I have heard that the World Cup Stadium witnessed more than 75% occupancy”

The full day event presented a picture on how the visually impaired Cricket players have undergone a complete transformation byadopting blind cricket as a career. 

Panel Discussionswere also held; experts and eminent Speakers shared their wisdom and deliberated on the action points to make Cricket for the Blind bigger and effective.  The Panel Discussions also revolved around the mainstream and BlindCricketers, themental aspects of the game, the role of Samarthanam in the growth of the Blind Cricket and Cricketers, impact of corporate support on sports, effective collaborations, corporate involvement in sports for the disabled and the wayforward for raising funds and sponsorships.

Delhi Blind Cricket Women’s Team Captain, Ms. Ankita expressed happiness over the opportunities and recognitions accorded to blind men cricketers. She also expressed her desire to hold more tournaments exclusively for blind women cricketers.  “Such platforms will help blind women cricketers to exhibit their talent and upgrade their standard of living”, she added.

A few eminent cricketers and visually impaired cricket players shared their cricket experiences and game techniques as well.

Panel Discussion on “Blind Women’s Cricket” held as a part of Blind Cricket Conclave in Bengaluru: (From left to right):
Mr.IrfanSait, Director & Head Coach, Karnataka Institute of Cricket (KIC);
Ms.Pallavi Raj, Head CSR-IndusInd Bank; Ms.Ankita, Captain-Delhi Blind Cricket Women’s Team; Ms.Shikha Shetty, Coach/Mentor/Manager-Karnataka Blind Cricket Women’s Team; and Mr.SatishVishwanathan, GM, Indian Cricketer’s Association (ICA), who moderated the session.

About Cricket for the Blind:

There are thousands of blind cricketers in India waiting for an opportunity to explore their passion for cricket and prove their abilities to contest at the International levels like any of their cricketing peers in the country. Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled through its sports body CABI endeavors to provide them with this unique opportunity. Besides, sports as is well known opens up employment vistas for persons with visual impairments, physically challenged and economically weaker.

About Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled:

Registered as a Trust in 1997, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled has been working towards creating education and livelihood opportunities for persons with disabilities and from underserved communities. The larger vision of our organization is to work towards an inclusive society which provides equal opportunities for all. More details can be found at our official website www.samarthanam.org

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