Earlier today at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium, Kochi in in India, Pakistan defeated Sri Lanka during match in blind cricket’s T20 Asia Cup. The Pakistanis claimed victory by 90 runs and booked themselves a spot in the finals.
The game started with Sri Lanka winning the toss and opting to field first. In their time at bat, Pakistan scored 214 runs with a loss of 8 wickets on 8 overs. They were assisted by their Man of the Match Muhammed Akram who put up 44 runs in 30 balls. Sri Lanka’s Kalum Lakmal took 2 wickets on the defensive side.
Sri Lanka was unable to answer back during their turn at bat. They scored 124 runs with a loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs. Sri Lankan captain Chandan Deshpriya led his side in scoring with 36 runs in 34 balls. He was supported by Ruwan Vasantha who had 33 runs from 33 balls. It was not enough to overcome the sizable Pakistani run total. Pakistan was helped on the defensive side by Idres Salim who took two wickets.
The competition was organized by the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) and Cricket Association for Blind in Kerala. Behind the scenes, organizers have been financially struggling because of a lack of promised government funds and poor fundraising that saw them raise only 15 lakh of the 94 lakhs they required to run the event. While CABI used to have funds to allow them to transport players, they have had to sell most vehicles in their fleet to cover other costs. The result is players are being shuttled around the event using cabs booked online.