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Pakistan stunned India in Blind World Cup

When its India and Pakistan, the rivalry boast the most intense moments of the cricketing history. And when Pakistan beating its nemesis, it’s like an extra topping on your cheese pizza. Pakistan Blind Cricket team has just consistently continued their unbeaten run and stunned India by seven wickets when India and Pakistan squared off in a league match of the World Cup T20 for Blind.

Even though, the match being devoid of any exposure or hype, the appeal of the event wasn’t lost on the players of each side. Same was the case with the few ton viewers who came to cheer on their teams.

It was Pakistan’s third straight win of the tournament. The match, which was planned for a 10 am start, was delayed by two hours due to misty conditions. The action kick-started around 12:30 pm after India won the toss and elected to bat. Defending champions scored the total of 205 on the board. But, Pakistan, being the blind cricket stalwart, kept in the chase with the rapid scoring. Muhammad Zafar’s unbeaten 88 enabled Pakistan to comfortably overhaul the 206-run target in just 15.3 overs for the loss of three wickets. India seemed helpless to hack it with the tough hitting Zafar.

Abdul Razzaq, Pakistan’s coach who won the World Cup 2001 and 2006, credited the success to their robust blind cricket system. “Our Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) has been affiliated to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) since 2006. Our domestic system for blind cricketers is very strong. PBCC gets an annual grant of Rs 2 crore from PCB to develop the blind cricket. Our national team players get a monthly income of Rs 15,000-20,000 each to keep the passion going,” Razzaq said.

Pakistan had earlier beaten New Zealand and England in their opening games mainly riding on their batting firepower. India started the tournament beating Bangladesh by a striking 129-run margin. In their second meet, they beat West Indies by 142 runs.

Abdul Basit, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India who was at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium as the chief guest. He advocated for the continuation of two-pronged sporting ties between the two countries. “Pakistan is always ready to play India. We must resume our hockey and cricket bilateral ties. I couldn’t agree more that politics and sports shouldn’t be mixed,” he said.

 

Nazish Islam - a media graduate with an undying love for chai, books, traveling, series shows, sports, hijab, and of course writing.

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