Tri-Nation T20 Series for Disabled begins, India, Nepal & Bangladesh fight it out for title
Faced with lack of proper training facilities, India's disabled cricketers were forced to practice on an artificial turf on a sixth-floor terrace in Kolkata ahead of the T20 Tri-nation cricket series with Bangladesh and Nepal that began this week.
This was the team's last net practice before the tournament began.
During the three-hour session, the cricketers, most of who have more than 40% disability, faced a bowling machine sending down deliveries at 145 kmph.
The team captain, Suvro Joarder, is the world’s first blade cricketer. Suvro was a highly sought-after cricketer and well-known in Bengal’s cricket circuit. A bike accident took away his right leg, after which he learned how to use use prosthetic limbs, and resume the sport.
The fastest bowler in the team is Mandeep Singh from Punjab. He had to change his game after losing his left wrist to a grass cutter. He was 15 years old at the time.
The team made the most of the facility where they practised.