Finally Imraan Shaikh Indian deaf cricket team captain fulfill his dream of having a cricket academy for the deaf cricketers like him. The cricketer opened his academy in IIRA International School in Vadodara which happens to be the first ever cricket academy for deaf in India.
Imraan Shaikh under whose captaincy the Indian deaf team lifts the Asia cup this year is always passionate about his game and dream of starting his own academy to train the cricketers like him. Earlier he met Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani with the proposal and he responsed positively. After lots of efforts finally he starts his own cricket academy in Vadodara.
The academy called Deaf Cricket Club of Baroda is the first such academy to train deaf cricketers of the city. “It’s a dream comes true for me as now I have my own academy where I can train the cricketers like me who left out from the training given to normal ones. I struggle a lot to reach where I am now and still running a Moong Chaat stall for living. But I always wants to start a academy which gives training to the cricketers like me and they don’t have to face such problems,” said Imraan Shaikh through his sign language interpreted by his wife Roza Shaikh.
He added that there are academies for deaf cricketers in many countries but none in India. “I always want to start a academy for the deaf cricketers where they get training and then compete with the normal cricketers. I want to show the world that we are also the same and play cricket like everyone. Now after opening the academy I will try to approach the BCCI for conducting tournaments for us which helps the cricketers to grow as a player,” said Shaikh.
IIRA International School comes up to help the cricketer and gives their ground to Imraan Shaikh and also provides the cricket related equipments for the training. “As a sportsperson I know how much one can struggle to get recognition. Imraan Shaikh plays for the country but still sell Moong Chat for his living. I came to know about his passion for opening a academy for the deaf cricketers and we helped him opening the one inside our school premises. We also provide the kits to him to train his students,” said Tushar Patel Managing Trustee IIRA International School Vadodara.