Not more than a year after setting a peculiar record of being the only non-Test playing nation to play Twenty20 World Cup for Blind, the Nepali blind cricketers are doing their every bit to set another record but terrible financial crisis has hit them hard in their bid to play the 2014 40-over Cricket World Cup for Blind.
Cricket Association of Blind (CAB) Nepal have already made up its mind to provide the visually impaired aspiring cricketers with an experience of playing another big event in South Africa but it has been struggling to manage the air fares owing to a weak bank account.
“We currently have one million rupees in our account but that will be spent for the tournament preparation alone. We need $25,000 (almost Rs 25m) for air fare to Capetown but there are no other options,” said CAB Nepal President Pawan Ghimire.
“We managed to play the Twenty20 World Cup for Blind following help from different donors and now we once again have to resort to their help,” said Ghimire. Nepal was the only non-Test playing nation to play in the Twenty20 World Cup for Blind held in Bangalore, India in December last year where they defeated Bangladesh.
Ghimire said the hopes are even higher now but money does matter. “We have prepared very well and are looking forward to beat few more teams but now its up to the government to care for us. If we do better we can even see rise in our world rankings and it will also be a lifetime experience for us,” said Ghimire.
Ghimire related Nepal’s participation in South Africa with pride. “A lot of people will come to know about us and if the blind cricketers from a tiny nation like Nepal do good at that big stage, people will change their perspective to look towards Nepal,” said Ghimire. Along with Nepal, nine other Test playing teams will participate in South Africa.