06 Dec 2018 05:36am IST
Blind Cricketers Goa to play inter-State tournament for the first time in the history
PANJIM: Blind Cricketers Goa, for the first time in the history, will be participate in inter-State Cricket Tournament Nagesh Trophy which has begun from November 23 and will go on to February 15.
The tournament, organised by Cricket Association of Blind in India (CABI) will have five matches at Goa Cricket Association Ground, Porvorim on December 12, 13 and 14 besides other matches in various States. The final will be held at Eden Garden, Kolkata on February 15.
Goa will play its opening match on December 8 against Pondicherry and second match against Punjab on December 9.
Coach cum captain Yeshwant Uttam Nageshkar was very confident of success even after the team being inexperienced.
“Yes. Although do not have experience, we will go for win. We have been practicing very hard for this tournament for the last three months at Marcel. We had a triangular series wherein 24 players participated out of which 20 were selected”, Yeshwant said.
“We have gained experience by watching live matches of triangular series held at the GCA ground and I am confident that our team will bring laurels to the State. I am sure we will do the unbelievable”, he added.
The tournament will feature 24 teams divide into four groups. Goa will play in Group D along with Rajasthan, Karnataka, Odisha, Punjab and Pondicherry.
“This tournament is similar to Ranji Trophy wherein 24 teams (4 groups) will participate out of which two teams from each group will make it to the quarters. Out of the five matches at Porvorim we will play three matches (on December 12 – v. Rajasthan), 13 – v. Odisha) and 14 – v. Karnataka) and I hope that people come in large to watch the same”, he said.
Yeshwant was all praise for GCA and Chetan Desai saying, “It is only because of the Association that we will able to participate in this tournament. The Association has taken full responsibility of the matches being held at Porvorim besides it has also given us travelling and food allowance, including player kits”.
“And at my personal level I would like to thanks Corporation Bank for giving me the freedom to practice by relieving me from my duties at any and every given point of time”, he added.
Yeshwant appealed to the Government and others members of the society to help the team in all ways possible.