3 from state in Indian squad for world cup for the blind

Men in Blue look to make it five triumphs in a row

3 from state in Indian squad for world cup for the blind

Sunil Ramesh lost his vision at the age of four, but that did not deter him from following his dreams of becoming a cricketer. Today, the 19-year-old cricketer is set to represent the country as part of the Indian blind cricket team which will be participating in the 5th One Day International World Cup for the Blind, to be held in Dubai and Pakistan from January 7 to January 21.

The event is being organised by the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council and Cricket Association for the Blind, Pakistan. The Cricket Association for the Blind (CABI) that forms an integral part of The Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled is also an integral part of the event.  

Ramesh is one of the 18 players from the country and three players from the state who have been selected by CABI to compete against teams from Bangladesh, Australia, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The other two players selected from the state are Prakash Jayaramaiah and Basappa Vadgol. The members of the squad are currently undergoing training as part of a month-long camp happening at Gopalan School Complex, Whitefield in Bengaluru from December 6, 2017 to January 4, 2018.

The matches will be played between two teams of 11 players each. Each team will have four completely blind players (B1), three partially blind players (B2) and four partially sighted players (B3).

"The Indian team has been winning the world cup for the last four years and we are confident of continuing the winning streak in this edition. The players are giving their sweat and blood to the game and the passion is reflected in their excellence," said John David, general secretary of CABI and regional development director (Asia), World Blind Cricket Limited.

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