T20 Cricket for the Physically Challenged Begins

The former Indian Test captain, Ajit Wadekar, runs the All India Cricket Association for the Physically Challenged. Today, the LIC Trophy of the 7th National Inter Zonal T20 cricket tournament has begun, and will continue until 1st April 2017.

There are five regions taking parking in the cricket tournament for the Physically Challenged. This included the North Zone, South, Central, East and West cricket teams. The West are the defending champions. The current tournament, with a few necessary accommodations, is being played according to the International Cricket Council’s T20 format.

Ajit Wadekar has been the founder president of the All India Cricket Association for the Physically Challenged since it was started in 1988. Wadekar has been fighting hard to get the association included in the Board of Control for Cricket in India. Unfortunately, while there have been a number of promises to bring the association under the main cricket body’s auspices, this has not yet happened.

Wadekar noted: “Promises had been made but they have remained just promises. With the Lodha panel reforms mandated by the Supreme Court, we are hoping for better things.”

The founder president of the All India Cricket Association for the Physically Challenged added: “We conduct nine tournaments per year.”

The players have been selected according to definitions created by the World Health Organisation. Players for each of the teams for the five zones were picked following performance during both local and zonal play in tournaments over the past few months. Games have taken place in Delhi, Surat, Anatpur, Gwalior, and Mujafarpur.

With the changes in cricket leadership that are taking place, Wadekar holds out hope that cricket for those who are differently-abled, will be recognised by the Indian cricket’s umbrella body. It still remains to be seen whether all Indian cricket players will be embraced by the BCCI.