Fourteen players along with two officials of Manipur cricket team left Imphal on Monday to participate in the second edition of Nagesh trophy (national cricket tournament for the blind). Principal of Government Ideal Blind School, T Rameshwor flagged off the team at Takyel.
A release from secretary of Welfare Association for the Blind Manipur (WABM), Konsam Sadananda stated that the team was organised under the initiative of WABM, and they will be playing two matches on November 22 and 23 in Ludhiana, Punjab.
It may be mentioned that Cricket for Blind was first introduced in 1920s and made its first appearance in India in 1980. The game started garnering support in due course and the first national tournament took place in 1990.
World Blind Cricket Council was established an objective of promoting and administering the game of cricket for the blind globally. After the formation of Cricket Association for Blind in India in 2011, it has been organising cricket for blind tours and tournaments in India and abroad and relentlessly working on blind cricket awareness. World Blind Cricket Cup started in 1198 and Blind World Cup T20 since 2012.