Blind cricket association hopes for BCCI funding

Updated: Nov 17, 2016, 10:05 IST | Subodh Mayure

The Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) is all set to host the second T20 World Cup early next year. They are highly dependent on the BCCI for financial support but they are not recognised by the Indian cricket board

MCA vice-president Dilip Vengsarkar (right) with CABI chief Mahantesh Kivadasannavar at the Mumbai Press Club yesterday. Pic/Suresh Karkera
MCA vice-president Dilip Vengsarkar (right) with CABI chief Mahantesh Kivadasannavar at the Mumbai Press Club yesterday. Pic/Suresh Karkera

The Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) is all set to host the second T20 World Cup early next year. They are highly dependent on the BCCI for financial support but they are not recognised by the Indian cricket board.

Interestingly, former India skipper Rahul Dravid is the brand ambassador for blind cricket in India. "Right from N Srinivasan to Anurag Thakur, we have been urging BCCI's top officials to grant us affiliation, but are still waiting for a positive response," said CABI president Mahantesh Kivadasannavar on the sidelines of the T20 World Cup schedule announcement yesterday.

"None of these presidents have said no but they also don't take our request seriously. I have lost count of how many times we have requested Srinivasan and others to help us. In June, I made the same request to current president Thakur," Mahantesh said. "We have requested the BCCI to extend financial support for this T20 World Cup (Jan 28-Feb 12). The total budget for the event is R24.5 crore," said the CABI chief.

MCA keen to play host

Former India skipper and Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) vice-president Dilip Vengsarkar, who released the Blind T20 World Cup schedule, offered to host all matches in Mumbai. Mumbai is slated to host two games (India vs SA and SA vs England on February 3 and 4) but with Vengsarkar's offer, more games could be held here.

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