Blind cricket in India set to go places after generous donation from NRI entrepreneur
Cricket lovers in India have been treated to some spectacular performances from the blind cricket team. From winning the Tri Series to the whitewash over Sri Lanka, there is plenty to show that blind cricket in India has truly come of age.
Now blind cricket has taken another major step forward. The team is currently playing its first ever day and night one day cricket match series against Sri Lanka.
Signs that blind cricket in India has truly come of age. And while the Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) may be slow to recognise the signs, the world is taking note.
In a major show of support, Subu Kota, Founder-CEO, The Boston Group USA, who is also the President of Samarthanam Trust USA has donated one million dollars to promote cricket for the blind globally.
I hope the donation would motivate many other people to also come forward and be inspired to support the noble cause. The bigger task of raising awareness among general public on the need and effect of selfless giving is also being undertaken. - Subu Kota, President, Samarthanam Trust/Founder-CEO, The Boston Group
Kota called it "the beginning of a new journey," and one that will hopefully lead to great results. "Only time will tell how well we have succeeded. We can spread the same happiness of selfless giving anywhere in the world."
The first ever World Cup Cricket for the Blind was held in 2012 in Bengaluru. Since then blind cricket has gained momentum the world over. The credit for this goes to Samarthanam Trust, which has played a major role in supporting and mentoring players and finding new talent, always in the face of tremendous odds.
G K Mahantesh, Founder and Managing Trustee, Samarthanam and President, Cricket Association for the Blind in India and World Blind Cricket, says Kota's donation will take them closer to achieving a long cherished dream.
"It has always been my dream to take cricket for the blind to zenith and I greatly appreciate the support received in accomplishing the mission. I am sure that this will motivate many more people in India and abroad to join hands with us and contribute for the bigger journey."
With growing international recognition and funding coming in, blind cricket in India has clearly acquired a stature of its own.