The Pakistan national blind cricket team completed a three game sweep of Sri Lanka on Tuesday to win the Interloop Twenty20 Blind Cricket series at home in Faisalabad. Muhammad Ayyaz came away with Man of the Series in B1 class, while Badar Munir claimed the title in B2 and Deshapriya in B3.
The first game on Sunday saw Sri Lanka win the toss and opt to bat first. Sri Lanka lost despite scoring 159 runs with a loss of 2 wickets by Sajid Nawaz and 5 total wickets lost in 20 overs. Opel Sanjeewa led the Sri Lankans in scoring with 65 runs while teammate Desperia scored 38. Pakistan’s Badar Munir got Man of the Match honors after scoring a century and remained not-out. Pakistan’s win came with the loss of only one wicket in 9.3 overs. Pakistan repeated their success on Monday, winning their second game.
On Tuesday, Sri Lanka again won the toss and decided to bat first. In their turn, they scored 24 runs while losing 4 wickets before Rowan Wasantha and Suman Kumara got to bat and improved Sri Lanka’s scoreline which finished with 160 runs on a loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs. In their turn at bat, Pakistan managed to answer back and win with 171 runs in 13 overs for the loss of three wickets. Faseeh Ullah of Pakistan was named the Man of the Match after scoring 52 runs. He was assisted by Muhammad Asif whi put up 24. Lakmal and Suranga Sampath each claimed a wicket for Pakistan.
Rowano Santha captained in the Sri Lankan side for this competition. Despite a decision announced earlier in the year about a completely new look for the national team for this series, Muhammad Jameel was back at the helm as Pakistan’s captain.
During the opening events of the first game in the series, Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Pervaiz Rashid has expressed hope that the success of hosting this series would assist in softening Pakistan’s image in the cricket community, and encourage more international matches to take place in the country. He was also quoted by local media as saying, “Blind cricketers are just like our brothers and sons and it is our moral obligation to encourage them.”