Cricket with a difference, Jugalbandi Cricket – My Take
Cricket brings forth many emotions in our country, and cricketers are worshiped like gods.
When this game is used to bring together people with and without disabilities, it becomes a potential for change.
Jugalbandi Cricket, supported by the Shri Balabyraweshvara Educational and Charitable Trust, is aimed to promote the idea that every individual is equal. To promote this feeling, the first Jugalbandi Cricket tournament was recently held by the Rotaract Clubs of Jayanagar and Peenya in Bengaluru and the NGO Astha on 16 October 2016.
The match took place like this. There was a side match between all abled players to decide the top three teams. The top three teams had six players each. Four players with disabilities joined every team to form three teams of ten players. It was inspiring to watch as the players of all teams combined their best qualities.
About the Writer
Pooja Girish is the President of the Rotaract Club of Jayanagar. Rotaract is a global community of young adults taking action for positive change. Jugalbandi Cricket is an initiative started by Rotaract clubs of Jayanagar and Peenya, and Astha, an NGO that promotes and provides opportunities for interaction between the people with and without disabilities.