Karnataka government ignores member of world cup winning blind cricket team

It was a quiet and lonely return back home for Mahender Vaishnav, the all rounder from Telangana who played in the team that won the 5th Blind Cricket World Cup.

A deputy manager in the State Bank of India, Yadav He rejoined duty two days after his arrival in Hyderabad.

Yadav is happy with the team's performance, but disappointed that the state government did not recognise his achievement.

He said that while every other state is tweeting about the success of its players, Telangana, which is active on Twitter, did not say a word.

This was the case even after his wife Komal tweeted a reminder to Minister for Information Technology K. T. Rama Rao about the success. Yadav also did not get an appointment with Sports Minister despite making two trips.

All this has not discouraged Yadav from wanting to contribute to the growth of blind cricket by encouraging blind players. He says he wants to fight the bias against the visually impaired.

Yadav, who plays in the B1 (fully blind) category in the game, has so far played 45 ODIs, 30 T20 matches, and holds the record of being the only bowler with a five-wicket haul, and for taking four wickets in an over.

He said he was happy that the Board of Control for Cricket in India and Sachin Tendulkar have spoken in favour of giving recognition to the blind cricket body. But the silence in the part of his own state government, even two weeks after that grand win, rankles.

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