Parasports November 30, 2020
Players gear up for first ever one-day wheelchair cricket match to mark International Disability Day
To mark International Disability Day, Deaf Cricket Federation and Punjab Wheelchair Sports Society (PWSS) is organizing a one-day wheelchair cricket match between Punjab and Haryana teams on 5 December. This one day match is going to be a first time in India and players are excited.
Last Diwali, Bengaluru-based NGO Divyaang Myithri Sports Academy that promotes para-sports hosted a one day wheelchair test match, first time in India. They proved that nothing is impossible for cricketers on wheelchairs. Taking cue from that, wheelchair cricketers from Punjab and Haryana are gearing up for a one-day wheelchair cricket match which will be yet again a first time in India. The match which is going to be held on 5 December is organized as part of celebrating International Disability Day which is on 3 December.
Proving that nothing is impossible
There are many misconceptions associated with para sports. Lack of awareness is the prime reason for it. Deaf Cricket Federation and Punjab Wheelchair Sports Society (PWSS) is together organizing a one-day wheelchair cricket match between teams Punjab and Haryana at the Jathedar Santokh Singh Stadium in Ludhiana.
Veer Singh Sandhu, captain of Punjab Wheelchair cricket team cannot be more excited for the upcoming match. Sandhu who is also the president of PWSS says that nothing is impossible for wheelchair users. “People think that being on a wheelchair, we are unable to play like other cricketers. We want to prove them wrong. We have the strength and stamina just like any other regular cricket player. We also hope to motivate many others who refuse to come outdoors owing to a disability”, says Veer pointing out that the one-day test match in Bengaluru is what inspired them.
Both the teams have already started rigorous practice sessions. “We have already started following strict diet and is undergoing practice sessions”, says Veer who wants more sponsors to come forward. Thought they are already in talks with some companies, Veer hopes if bigger names step up, it would benefit their cause. “There are many people to sponsor for Dhoni or Kohli. Why are we being sidelined when we play the same game?”, he asks stressing that wheelchair cricketers need love, support and respect from cricket lovers.
Adhering to Covid safety protocols
Dilip, Vice-President of PWSS and a wheelchair cricketer says that both teams are strictly going to follow Covid protocols. “We will not have an audience. Our players will have to be tested negative before they enter the ground. We do not want to compromise on safety”, he says adding, “There are so many misconceptions about wheelchair cricket and players. We want to break all barriers”.
Divyang Cricket Premier League, similar to the Indian Premier League is scheduled to happen this coming February. As cricketers prep up for it, organizers hope that such matches are going to be an added advantage to boost confidence of players.
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