The Physically Disabled Indian Cricket Team was in Singapore for a three-day tournament from 25th May to 27th May, 2018, and participated in the prestigious Allan Border Cup for the Physically Challenged 2018, hosted by Allan Border’s son, Dean Border.
The Physically Disabled Indian Cricket Team showed great strength & grit by playing against the Singapore Cricket Club, whose players were all able-bodied men. The Indian Team won the tournament by a scoreline of 2-1.
In the first game, the Physically Disabled Indian Cricket Team won the toss & elected to field. Singapore Cricket Club mustered a total 153 in 20 overs, to which the Indian Team replied with 156/2 in 19.1 overs, convincingly winning by eight wickets.
In the second game, Singapore Cricket Club won the toss & elected to bat first, making a score of 179 runs in 25 overs. The Physically Disabled Indian Cricket Team emerged victorious yet again, this time by by seven wickets, as they reached 180/3 in 21.1 overs.
The final game saw the Physically Disabled Indian Cricket Team put up 154 runs in 20 overs after electing to bat, but Singapore Cricket Club managed to pull one back, winning by eight wickets after ending at 155/2 in 19.5 overs.
Rashid Khan, CEO, Disabled Sporting Society said about the tournament, “We are extremely happy that The Physically Disabled Indian Cricket Team has won the three-day tournament. The Allan Border Cup for the Physically Challenged 2018, which was hosted by Dean Border, was a great opportunity for our team, as getting support and a chance to compete with able-bodied sportsmen is a big morale booster. We are also very thankful to everyone who came forward to support our Indian Team, especially Mr. Brad Hogg & Mr. Mohinder Amarnath.”
Mr. Suvro Joarder, captain of the Physically Disabled Indian Cricket Team, said, “I am overjoyed at this win & feel that this has given all my players a big morale boost. The Team has been very energetic throughout the tournament & the win has proved to us that we ready to go on more international tournaments & get more such wins for our country. A special thank you to Mr. Dean Border, to have given us this opportunity.”
Mr. Surya Azad, (son of former Indian cricketer Kirti Azad), captain of the Singapore Cricket Club, said, “It was an actual privilege to have played against the Physically Disabled Indian Cricket team & it was an honour to have lost from them. They gave us really good competition, and I must admit that disabilities are just in the mind. We hope to have them come play with us in the next tournament too.”
A press conference was also held at Sofitel in BKC, Mumbai before the team left, with Mr. Rashid Khan – CEO, Disabled Sporting Society, Mr. Haroon Rasheed – Secretary, Disabled Sporting Society, Mr. Suvro Joarder – Captain of the Physically Disabled Indian Cricket Team, Mohinder Amarnath (ex-Indian Cricketer), Mr. Abhishek Jain – ADR Creations and Mr. Hiten Tejwani sitting on the dias.
Disabled Sporting Society, established in 2007, are the pioneers in giving a platform to the Physically Disabled Indian Youth & also promoting the Physically Disabled Indian Cricket Team.