The first National Conclave on Blind Cricket was held on 9th March in Delhi by Cricket Association for the Blind in India in association with Indusland Bank.
The Conclave was inaugurated by Mahantesh GK, President, World Blind Cricket and CABI, Syed Kirmani, Madan Lal, Bishen Singh Bedi, Chetan Chauhan , Minister of Sports and Skill Development in UP Govt and Ajay Jadeja, Former Indian Cricketer and Swathi Singh , Minister of Women and Child Welfare, UP Government.
A Souvenir was also released on Blind Cricket on this occasion.Chetan Chauhan congratulated the Indian Blind Cricket Team on winning the World Cup. He has offered full support to the Indian Blind Cricket Team in providing them jobs, which has been a recent initiative of his Govt. He also highlighted the fact that his Govt was in the process of approving the proposal of honoring disabled sportsmen.
Ajay Jadeja on this historic occasion said that information about blind cricket should reach every section of the society, including school going children and everyone should experience playing this game.
Madan Lal advised the Team to practice continuously, to work hard and be focused on the game. Syed Kirmani recollected that how in his time many facilities were not available for cricket. But passion and will power enabled him to be a part of the Indian Cricket Team.
Bishen Singh Bedi assured all support to the Team through his Trust on this occasion.
Real life stories were shared by some blind cricketers. The conclave got concluded by felicitation to Blind Indian team , champions of the 5th ODI Blind Cricket World cup. The conclave was attended by more than 80 cricketers across India.
This is the first Conclave organized by CABI which saw a huge gathering from all parts.