Preparations are underway for the National Cricket Tournament for the Blind scheduled to get underway on Sunday at the PYC Jimkhana Ground in Pune, Maharashtra. Eight teams are scheduled to participate including Delhi, Rajsthan, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Jharkhand, Gujrat, West Bengal and Maharshtra. The competition is being organized by the Blind Cricket Association New Delhi, in association with the Maharshtra Cricket Association for the Blind.
The blind cricket community in India has been very active since India won the Blind Cricket World Cup finished up in early December. Gujrat defeated Rajasthan at the recently competed West Zone Tournament in Ajmer, Rajasthan.
Blind cricket is played by several nations, including India, Pakistan, England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. There is a World Cup for the sport held every four years. Players with vision impairments classified as B1, B2 and B3 are eligible to play. On the field during competition, teams are required to have a minimum of 4 B1 players at any time, and are allowed a maximum of 4 B3 players on the field at a time.