Written By- Arjun Deodia
It’s always so heartwarming when your country lifts an international title and the moment when we come to know that victory claimant is differently abled, then it would be very soul-stirring. The similar moment we captured on Saturday when Indian blind cricket team has managed to retain Blind Cricket World Cup after defeating arch-rivals Pakistan by 2 wickets in the thrilling final at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in UAE. India has bagged the title straight 2nd time in a row.
Cricket is treated like a religion in India and is very accustomed to us. We are served with almost every rule of cricket, right from LBW to newly born baby DRS. Today, when we have become world champions of blind cricket it should be very enthusiastic to know about the BLIND CRICKET. So let’s discuss.
What is Blind cricket?
Blind cricket is the sport of cricket redesign for blind and partially sighted players. The sport is governed by World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC) headquartered in Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.
History of Blind cricket?
Blind cricket was founded in Australia.World’s first Test Cricket match was played between Pakistan and South Africa in which Pakistan defeated South Africa by 94 runs in the year of 2000.
Member Teams in Blind Cricket:-
India, Pakistan, West Indies, Australia, Srilanka and Nepal.
WorldCups in Blind Cricket:-
|1998||South Africa||Pakistan||New Delhi, India|
|2002||Pakistan||South Africa||Chennai, India|
|2014||India||Pakistan||Cape Town, S.A|
T20 Blind Cricket World Cup:-
Eyecatcher is the rules and regulations of this new sport. Let’s have a scroll on it.
1.There are 11 players in a team in which four players would be totally blind, categorised under B1. Three players, partially blind, categorized under B2 and four players, partially sighted, categorized under B3.
- B1 players wear a White Wrist Band or one stripe on the upper arm may also be used.
- B2 players wear a Red Wrist Band or two stripes on the upper arm may also be used.
- B3 players wear a Blue Wrist Band or three stripes on the upper arm may also be used.
2.Blind Cricketers also play test cricket, one day and T20 matches. Test cricket would be played for 3days and ODI’s are limited to 40 overs an inning which must have to be completed within 3 hours otherwise penalty runs would be added to the opponent’s scorecard.
3. It is mandatory for B1 category batsman to go on the pitch with a runner.
4.One bounce catch by a B1 player is out.
5. Bowling is underarm and the ball has to pitch once before the mid-pitch and also one pitch before the batsman.
6. Blind cricketers play with an audio ball made up of plastic specifically designed for blind players which produces sound.
7.Bowler has to shout “PLAY” before bowling and batsman shout “READY” in response when he is ready.
8. All runs scored off by a B1 batsman shall be doubled and will be credited to the batsman.
These are some interesting rules of blind cricket and all the other major rules will remain untouched.
Blind cricket in India is not affiliated to BCCI, although government provides bitty help to them.
Leaving you with the winning moment of team India…….
Video Courtesy- The Cricket Guy
About the Author: Arjun Deodia is a trainee journalist at India Today Media Institute.
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