'Physically challenged cricketers want BCCI recognition'

Mar 25, 2013, 10:01 IST | Sundari Iyer

Former India captain Ajit Wadekar, who is also the president of the All India Cricket Association for Physically Challenged (AICAPC), wants recognition for the physically challenged cricketers and not grants by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)

“Cricket for physically challenged people has witnessed immense upliftment, but has a long way to go in terms of sponsorship and commercialisation. I am sad that BCCI is not ready to recognise AICAPC. We are not asking them to give us grants, but recognition from the Board could help these special people get some concessions and earn their daily bread and butter,” Wadekar said during a conference to announce the LIC Silver Jubilee Trophy (for physically challenged) on Friday.

Ajit Wadekar

The ex-India skipper has been associated with the organisation since its inception in 1988. According to him, the association was formed with only four teams — Vidarbha, Mumbai, Maharashtra and Gujarat — but now, it has 24 affiliated units.

The Silver Jubilee Trophy will involve six teams — LIC President’s XI, North Zone XI, Central Zone XI, East Zone XI, West Zone XI and South Zone XI — and will be held on March 31 and April 1. 

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