Suresh Raina Legendary Indian Cricketer inaugurates the 11th AGM of Cricket Association for the Blind in India

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The 11th Annual General Body meeting of Cricket Association for the Blind in India was held on August 28, 2021 virtually from 10:00 AM to 04:15 PM. 46 Delegates along with the CABI officials from 25 affiliated State Cricket Boards took part in the AGM. Mr John David General Secretary – CABI was the host and Mr Buse Gowda, Executive Committee Member welcomed the gathering.

Mr Suresh Raina – The Indian Cricketer and Key Note Speaker was warmly welcomed by Dr. Mahantesh G Kivadasannavar, President – Cricket Association for the Blind and was briefed on the events organized by CABI to promote Blind Cricket in India.

Mr Suresh Raina spoke connecting with the participants and spoke on the importance of experience and nurturing of the young talents. He briefed the audience on his cricket journey and the importance of fitness during the Pandemic. He had all words of praise for CABI contributing its best in promoting blind cricket.

Dr Mahantesh G K – President, Cricket Association for the Blind in India appreciate and thanked the devotion and hard Work of the committee heads for coordinating events during tough times.

The audited financial report presented by Chandrasekar- Treasurer CABI was approved by the house in the virtual 11th AGM. Report of Nagesh Trophy was presented by Mr Rajneesh Henry, VP, CABI

The following list of events put for discussion for the calendar year 2021-22 were.

  • Fourth Edition of Nagesh Trophy and Second Women Nationals to be decided by the committee before September 15, 2021. Format, venue and dates to be finalized by the committee.
  • CABI to host a Bilateral Series with Bangladesh during the period October 15- 30th 2021
  • India might take part in a Bilateral Series with Pakistan in Neutral venue and the committee will finalize the Dates and Venue Shortly.
  • CABI to coordinate with other Asian countries for the Asia Cup to be played in the month of March 2022. Committee to check with the participating countries and finalize the dates and venue.
  • Third Edition of the T20 World Cup scheduled for 2021 will be played in the month of October – November of 2022 due to the pandemic. CABI to host the 2022 Third Edition of the T20 World Cup after discussing with World Blind Cricket Ltd. (WBC) working committee.

Discussion on key issues such as Documentation, Branding of the Blind Cricket to be more effective for better visibility on the initiatives of CABI were discussed. Delegates from the respective states felt that CABI should continue its efforts in getting recognition from BCCI towards blind cricket to help the visually impaired cricketers to be placed , paid Leaves and also help them to apply for various State and National awards. Delegates also suggested to reach out to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Sports Authority of India to seek recognition for Blind Cricket.

Mr Shailendar, North Zone Secretary proposed the Vote of thanks thanking delegates for taking time and being part of the 11th AGM of Cricket Association for the Blind.

For details, please contact Mahantesh GK on +91 9480809595 or Mr John David on +91 9449864785. Email: seeyou@blindcricket.in

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