Pakistan, UAE set to host Blind Cricket World Cup 2018

Pakistan, UAE set to host Blind Cricket World Cup 2018

There will be seven teams participating in the contest.

Dunna Venkateswara Rao
Indian blind cricketer Dunna Venkateswara Rao plays a shot. (Photo by Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images)

In an exciting news for the cricket fans of Pakistan, the international cricket is all set to be back in the country for a global event. The 2018 edition of the Blind Cricket World Cup will be hosted by Pakistan and the UAE. Till date, four World Cups have been played in the history of world blind cricket. The inaugural edition of the tournament was played way back in the year 1998 and was won by the South African team.

In the 2002 edition, the Pakistan team bagged the winning honors. They repeated the feat again in the 2006 edition. In the most recent edition, the 2014 Blind World Cup, team India emerged as the champions. The Indian team will enter the competition this year as the defending champions. The official announcements regarding the tournament is set to be made on November 15.

The Chairman of the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) confirmed the news about the same. He mentioned that the mega event will be played in January next year. In a unique revelation, it was informed that the finals of the tournament will be played on the Pakistani soil if the Asian teams make it to the finals. In case the Asian sides do not make it to the finals, then the tournament finale will take place in the UAE.

“The Nepalese team would be participating in the World Cup for the first time. As many as 24 matches of the World Cup will be played in UAE while 7 matches will be played in Pakistan,” PBCC Chairman Syed Sultan Shah quoted as per the quotes in Dunyanews.tv.

Participating teams

There will be seven teams participating in the contest. Five of these teams will be Asian teams. “The participating seven teams include Pakistan, West Indies, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and Australia. Each team will get a chance to play to every team,” he added.