Disability Team Win in Team India tour to Malaysia and Singapore
The Indian cricket team for the physically challenged, run by the Divyang Cricket Control Board of India, left for Malaysia and Singapore from Chennai on 12 June.
The Indian cricket team for the physically challenged played five matches in Malaysia and Singapore. In this, the Indian cricket team for the physically challenged won two matches and faced defeat in three matches. But the differently-abled cricketers won the hearts of the organisers, spectators and players in Malaysia and Singapore.
Shahul Hameed, the all-rounder player of the Indian Divyang-jan cricket team, performed tremendously in the fielding along with his bowling and batting and deserved the man of the series. Ajeet Raj also bowled well and took 9 wickets. JP Singh was also no less, being the second bowler with 8 wickets. In batting, Karthik also scored a half-century and was the second highest run-scorer after Shahul Hameed. Experienced Suvro Joarder stuck to one end and batted as usual. Here one unique thing about this trip is that the Physically Challenged cricketers faced normal players including many international players from Malaysia and Singapore cricket and got to learn a lot.
After the end of the match, the international players showered immense love to the specially abled cricketers outside the field. International players presented their bats, their leg guards, gloves, T-shirts etc. to the differently-abled players. The matches were organized by the Malaysia Cricket Association in Malaysia with the Bukit Jalil Sports School team and senior and international cricketers from the Singapore Cricket Club in association with the Singapore Cricket Club, established in Singapore since 1852 by Dene Border, son of former Australian captain Allan Border, in Singapore.
Haroon Rasheed – General Secretary, CEO Ghazal Khan, senior vice-president Swatantra Kumar, senior coach Abbas Ali and manager Harichandran, besides chief selector Ashish Kumar Srivastava, were presented with the team India on the Malaysia-Singapore trip.