Sultan urges BCCI to support blind players

ISLAMABAD: World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC) President Syed Sultan Shah has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to encourage blind players saying besides having plentiful of money in their kitty still they are not helping the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI).

Sultan Shah, who is currently in India for the inaugural Asia Cup said he is surprised that the BCCI, the world’s richest cricket board, is not backing blind cricket.”I am very surprised because they have a lot of money”.

“India is also the World champion in the blind Twenty-20 and 40-over formats.The BCCI should encourage blind players,” quoted him as saying.

He said if BCCI grants affiliation to the CABI like the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has done in Pakistan, then it would go a long way with the world body International Cricket Council (ICC) granting affiliation to the WBCC.

He said he met with the ICC officials in November 2014 to get affiliation.”The ICC executive council approved the criteria for membership but the basic requirement was that at least six full members should recognize the blind cricket board in their respective countries,” Sultan said.

He said currently there are just three recognized bodies including Pakistan, England and Sri Lanka and if BCCI, Cricket Australia and West Indies affiliate their blind cricket bodies then WBCC will get support from the ICC.