Samarthanam Trust, supporters of Indian Blind Cricket Team, awarded by President Ram Nath Kovind
Indian blind cricket team are current World T20 champions. Unlike the normal Indian Cricket Team, this team is not supported by the BCCI. There is an NGO called Samarthanam Trust, which supports this team. It has been supporting the Blind Cricket Team since its inception in 1997.
It is organised by Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) which is affiliated with the World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC).
Since 2012, the Indian Blind Cricket Team has won 4 major championships. They have won the 2012 and 2017 Blind World T20 Championships, 2015 Blind T20 Asia Cup and 2014 40-Over World Cup.
India’s President Ram Nath Kovind felicitated the Founder Managing Trustee of Samarthanam, Mr. Mahantesh G Kivadasannavar. In the felicitation event on Sunday, Mahantesh said,“It is a moment of honour and pride. The award is a token of appreciation and also adds encouragement to strive further and aim higher. I am thankful for all the support received from employees, people, donors and well-wishers and aiding us in completing our goals”.
Former captain Shekhar Naik also felicitated
Shekhar Naik is an ex-captain of the Blind Cricket Team, who led India to victory in the 2012 Blind T20 World Cup and 2014 Blind World Cup. Indian Government awarded him the Padma Shri earlier this year.
He was also felicitated at the event. He said,“The trust not only skills and empowers people but also inspires them to become independent. This felicitation will inspire more people like me to come and become a part of this movement”.
Meet Shri Shekhar Naik, former captain of the Indian Blind Cricket team, conferred with #NationalAward 2017 in the category of Best Sportsperson with Disabilities. @TCGEHLOT @KPGBJP @MIB_India @PIB_India pic.twitter.com/AinwERoOSp
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Author’s take :
It is truly astonishing to see the other side of Cricket. There’s the Indian Men’s team, that gets all the spotlight, the glitz, the stardom; then there’s the Blind Cricket team that doesn’t even get managed by the BCCI.
It is great to see the President, Mr. Ram Nath Kovind felicitating those who play only for the passion of the game. Recognition to the Indian Blind Cricket Team’s supporters will indeed to be a boon for them. The team has been in quite a good form lately and this step will definitely help to improve the team’s performance.