From being played with a tin can and a stick to audio balls and metal stumps, blind cricket has come a long way. The enthusiasm of the visually impaired for India’s favourite game and the determination of the administrators to create a level playing field for the disadvantaged have ensured that the game is now played professionally at the national and international level.
CABI is the sports wing of Samarthanam and affiliated to World Blind Cricket Ltd (WBC). The motive behind organizing Cricket for the Blind is to provide the players with a platform to showcase hidden talent. It aids in enhancing the players’ self-confidence, encourages sportsmanship and focuses on their abilities rather than disabilities.
Not only does this format give the blind a much deserved opportunity to play the game and boost their self confidence, disabled cricketers are exposed to other facets of the sport that they might have not encountered on account of their disability- discipline, teamwork, fitness, strategic planning and the spirit of competition! This naturally translates into all aspects of living, leading to a productive life of dignity and pride.
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