Indian and Pakistan government issue NOC to Pakistan blind cricket team
Updated - Jan 3, 2017 9:07 am
Pakistan and India governments have issued No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the Pakistan national blind cricket team to participate in the T20 World Cup that will be held in India from January 31 to February 12.
Chairman Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) Syed Sultan Shah told that opening ceremony of the event will be held on January 29, and the team will depart from Pakistan on January 28 owing to intelligence clearance. The last hurdle which the cricket team needs to overcome is getting is the intelligence clearance which is yet to come from the countries.
The opening game is between hosts India and the West Indies and will be held in Delhi, while the final is to be conducted in Bengaluru.
Former Indian cricketer and the coach of the Indian junior teams Rahul Dravid is the ambassador for the tournament will be supporting the Indian team when they take field in the second World T20. CABI president also said the Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) has also shown their willingness to help them for the World Cup.
The Indian team will be led by Ajay Kumar Reddy. The team is scheduled to begin their preparations for the championship from January 5 with a preparatory camp in Indore and that the team is willing to put in more than 100 per cent to do well in the tournament.
Apart from India and Pakistan, England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal are the others participating team. Delhi, Mumbai, Faridabad, Gujarat, Kochi, Bhubaneswar, Andhra Pradesh and Bengaluru will play hosts to the teams.