Pakistan Blind Cricketers Win World Cup

Posted on December 17, 2006
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Guest Post by Deeda-i-Beena

Yes, that is correct!

They are Blind. They are Team Pakistan. They too are cricketers. They have made the Finals in three previous showings. Now they have won the World Cup second time running.

The last couple of weeks, venues in Islamabad and Rawalpindi have seen cricket matches played by the Blind for the World Cup. Teams from seven countries participated in this tournament. They were: Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies. (See another video news clip here).

This World Cup tournament received scant media coverage (although on winning the World Cup did get them a picture on the front page of Dawn) and even less public knowledge or participation. The opening games were played on the League-basis, followed by semi-finals and the final was played on Saturday December 16th between India and Pakistan.

The Pakistan team lifted the World Cup after beating India by six wickets.

I confess to not knowing much about this genre of cricket. I understand the ball rattles, it is bowled under-hand and the batsmen sweep it across the playground. Otherwise, the scene is unmistakably of a cricket ground and the players every bit look and act like cricketers.

Here are some interesting facts picked from The News which provided good coverage, probably because the Jang Group and Geo TV were among the major sponsors of the event:

  • “Pakistani (Blind) fielders exhibited outstanding work as six Indian batsmen were run out.â€Â? Any such feat or expectation from the sighted team?
  • Pakistan’s entire winning team received Rs. 200,000 as WIN BONUS. All the best players (of the tournament?) in their categories were awarded $200 each. What modest players and team winning the World Cup and settling for a fraction of the sighted team’s largesse.
  • Scores of 360, over 200 etc. were made in several matches.
  • Pakistan set FIVE World Records during a 10 wicket victory against New Zealand team.

We all know what fortunes are made when just one sighted player breaks World Records. Here a blind team set 5 new records and nothing moved in their favour. Is it discrimination against the visually challenged, or what??? One wonders, also, what incentives are provided to our women cricketers?

Deeda-i-Beena is a former graduate teacher, has international experience and background in social, environmental and human developement issues.

14 responses to “Pakistan Blind Cricketers Win World Cup”

  1. […] The site is exactly correct in pointing out that we, as a society, are caught in “prejudiced molds” of thinking about the disabled. We at ATP also stand guilty of not having raised these issues as we should have (we did do one post on the Pakistan Blind Cricketers Team winning the Blind World Cup; but that is not at all sufficient). […]

  2. ahmed says:

    Thank you Deeda i- Beena for this extraordinary post and for enabling those who are blind among us see the light. The team deserves full praise and also our material and moral support.Theirs is a triumph not only to be applauded but also celebrated by each one of us.

    As has been so truly said: “There, but for the grace of God, go I”. The cry of the blind alm-seekers still wrings my heart— aankhoon waalo aankhaain bari neymat hain.

    Can we thank Allah enough for all his mercies?

  3. Pakpics says:

    Congrats to them & we are proud of them coz they have done that twice which our normal team have not done for many years now. also i am not happy for the reward of 200000 rs as wining bonus. If Muhammed yousuf breaks a record & gets millions of rupees (I am not against yousuf) so why they cant get a huge sum as reward for wining World Cup?

  4. MK says:

    Congrats to the team. MashaAllah!

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