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Nepali blind cricket team stranded in Gorakhpur

Jan 03, 2018 | Cricketingnepal |

Pakistan-bound Nepal national blind cricket team has been left stranded in Gorakhpur after their train to Amritsar was cancelled. 

The visually impaired national cricket team is making its debut appearance in the 40-over Blind Cricket World Cup scheduled to be held jointly in Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates. 

A total of six teams are participating in the tournament that also includes India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Australia. The national team was forced to go through road due to budget constraints. 

National Sports Council provided them with Rs 400,000 but that would hardly cover the flight expenses of the entire team. Nepal are scheduled to play Bangladesh in their first match at the Lahore Gymkhana but the delay might mean they could lose their first game. 

According to the information received by cricketingnepal.com, the team management is trying their best to find an alternative for train. But so far nothing has been managed.

The dreams of blind cricketers competing in their maiden World Cup had already appeared to hit the nosedive as the concerned authorities and the government turned deaf ears when the Cricket Association of Blind, Nepal's repetitve plea to cover the ticket expenses for flight to Pakistan. 

The team also has to leave for UAE from Pakistan on flight. The Nepali team had also called off their plans to participate in the 2012 World Cup due to budget constraint. As the train schedules in India could not be relied upon, it was obvious that the blind team's mission could be in jeopardy.


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