2nd T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind Match Inspires Differently Abled Students
Bhubaneswar: The recent Qualifier Match of 2nd T20 World cup Cricket for the Blind in Bhubaneshwar saw the Odia boys Md Jafar Iqbal and Sukhram Majhi steal the show and steer India to a splendid win against New Zealand. This Match was also special to differently abled children that they would cherish for a lifetime.
Around 900 differently abled students from different schools of Cuttack and Khordha districts witnessed the match with enthusiasm. Their participation with Bands, Banners, posters and placards inspired the players. They cheered with full enthusiasm for players from both teams and their loudest scream was for the Man of the Match Sukharam Majhi.
The presence of the children in such huge numbers is a morale booster for the players as well as for the children themselves that they should not consider any physical hindrances as an obstacle and stop them from pursuing their dreams. CABI President Mr. Mahatesh GK, CAVI Odisha General Secretary Mr. Sannyas Kumar Behara, CABI Strategist Mr. M J Srikant and the Brand Ambassador for Cricket for the Visually Impaired in Odisha Actor Sabyasachi Mishra thanked the Social Security & Empowerment of PwD (SSEPD), Government of Odisha for making this possible.
While attending the T20 World Cup Match between India and New-Zealand, Principal Secretary to SSEPD Department Shri Niten Chandra said, "Differently abled persons can do certain activities even better than so called Normal Persons. The Visually Impaired Cricket players proved themselves as quite capable of playing at the International Level. They played entertaining and thrilling Cricket. SSEPD Department shall always support such endeavors in future also".
Debaprasad Dash, Joint Secretary SSEPD Dept gave all the credit to students for making the match a Big success. He said - "The players of both the Teams were happy with the crowd and the support from the differently abled students in fact enthused the Indian Players who were extremely pleased with the support they received."
Being elated at the presence of 900 Special Children, Sabyasachi Mishra quoted “The motivation these kids get by attending the match will be a life changing experience for them. It will help in boosting the thought process that nothing is impossible. One kid even thanked me and said that the experience and the learning will stay with them for the rest of his life.”