Goa to Host India – England – SrilankaTriangular Cricket series for the Blind


Goa Khabar:Goa is gearing up to witness a cricket match with a difference. The blind cricket triangular series between India, England and Srilankais slated to commence on 8th October 2018 at the Goa Cricket Association Alto Porvorim. The finals will be played on 13th Oct 2018.

The International Bilateral and Triangular Cricket Match Series organized by Samarthanam and Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) began on 2nd October 2018 in Bengaluru.

While giving more information about the series Mr. Mahantesh GK, President of Cricket Association for the Blind in India said,“25 to 30 years ago there was barely an opportunity for blind cricketers to follow their passion for the game. Its only in 1988 that we got access to a special cricket ball meant for the blind. Three decades later the situation is much different. My dear friend, late S.P Nagesh and I founded Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled. In India, Cricket is a passion and it’s the same for blind enthusiasts of the game too. For us, a cricket commentary lets us imagine and enjoy the game, even though we cannot see. Stepping onto a cricket pitch is like a dream come true for cricket enthusiasts and therefore this series means so much to us all. I must mention that today, India does phenomenally well across in the T20  and ODIs as well as the Asia Cup. We look forward to seeing audiences in the stand supporting the exceptionally talented teams”,

Said, DayaPagi, Secretary, Goa Cricket Association, “ The GCA is delighted to be host the series in Goa. The international teams are extremely talented and we urge audeinces to come forward and support the sport and players in large numbers”.

India and England have played 3 matches of the bilateral series in Bengaluru. India won this series by 2-0 and the third match was abandoned because of the rain.

Schedule of the matches:

Date Match No. Teams Time Venue
08/10/2018 3 England Vs Srilanka 11.00 AM GCA Ground Goa
09/10/2018 4 India Vs England 11.00 AM GCA Ground Goa
10/10/2018 5 India Vs Srilanka 11.00 AM GCA Ground Goa
11/10/2018 6 England Vs Srilanka 11.00 AM GCA Ground Goa
12/10/2018 7 2nd Vs 3rd 11.00 AM GCA Ground Goa
13/10/2018 8 Finals 11.00 AM GCA Ground Goa

What is Blind Cricket?

  • Blind Cricket is a version of the sport Cricket adapted for the blind and partially sighted
  • The rules of blind cricket are based on the standard laws of cricket with some essential modifications
  • There are a total of 11 players in each team; at least 4 players who are totally blind (classified as B1), 3 partially blind players (B2) and upto 4 partially sighted players (B3)
  • The major adaptation is a ball, which is significantly larger than a standard cricket ball and filled with ball bearings to provide audible sound
  • Verbal signals are widely used both by umpires and players in particular the bowler must shout (Play) as he releases the ball

About Cricket for the Blind:

There are thousands of blind cricketers in India waiting for an opportunity to explore their passion for cricket and prove their abilities to contest at the International levels like any of their cricketing peers in the country. Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled through its sports body CABI endeavors to provide them with this unique opportunity. Besides, sports as is well known opens up employment vistas for persons with visual impairments, physically challenged and economically weaker individuals.

About Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled:

Registered as a Trust in 1997, Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled has been working towards creating education and livelihood opportunities for persons with disabilities and from underserved communities. The larger vision of our organization is to work towards an inclusive society which provides equal opportunities for all. More details can be found at our official website www.samathanam.org