Weeks after the Indian team won the Blind World Cup 2018 after defeating Pakistan in the finals, cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to recognize the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) and bring its players under the Board’s pension scheme.
In a letter addressed to the Committee of Administrator’s (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai, Tendulkar wrote, “As we celebrate the fourth consecutive victory of the Indian team in the Blind World Cup, I urge you to consider recognition of Cricket Association for the Blind in India by the BCCI. The team has overcome many hurdles and focused on getting laurels for our country. Their victory is inspirational and reminds us of the limitless power of the human mind. I am given to understand that the BCCI has lent its support to these players in the past and considering a similar initiative this time too.”
This is the second time that India had bagged the trophy as they had won the 50-over World Cup prior to this, beating Pakistan at Cape Town, South Africa in December 2014.
Appreciating the team’s fighting spirit, Sachin added that it was an example for others to follow, “However, I believe that it is time that a long-standing request to be recognized by the BCCI be considered. This gesture will truly be an acknowledgment of their passion for the sport of cricket. You may also consider bringing these champions under the BCCI pension scheme towards their long-term financial security.”
After the victory at the World Cup, Vinod Rai had said that the players will be rewarded for their performance by the BCCI. Tendulkar said acknowledging could have a ripple effect.
Sachin further added, “The recognition by BCCI will go a long way in ushering a new era in Indian sports for the physically challenged where every athlete feels secure and celebrated, not struggling and eventually forgotten. Needless to add, it will also serve as a motivation for many others to take up sports passionately. I keenly look forward to your prompt action.”