The Australian High Commission hosted an Inclusive Blind Cricket Exhibition Match as part of its ‘Development4All’ campaign.
The Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment, Thawarchand Gehlot, flipped the coin to decide which team would play first. Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner Chris Elstoft and the Minister also played a few balls before the play started.
The two teams- Team A and Team B featured a mix of players from the Indian Blind Cricket team and diplomats from the Australian, British and New Zealand High Commissions.
Team A chose to bat first and made a total of 99/5 in six overs. Chasing down their total, Team B could only make 82 in six overs.
Team A, which was led by Ajay Kumar Reddy, captain of Indian national blind cricket team, won the match by 17 runs. Reddy was also judged man of the match for making an unbeaten 53 of 12 balls in the match.
Amongst the spectators were Mahantesh GK, President, Cricket Association for the Blind in India, and Shakuntala D Gamlin, Secretary, Department of Empowerment of persons with disabilities.