The five-day long ICRC T20 cricket for the people with physical disability got underway at Jagannath Hall Ground in Dhaka amid a lot of festivity Sunday.
Duronto Lalmonirhat, a team hailing from the northern district Lalmonirhat, beat ARDRID physically challenged cricket team from Dhaka in the opening match by four wickets. Tipu from Lalmonirhat became the man of the match after taking three crucial wickets and scoring 19 runs. Batting first, the ARDRID team made 126 losing all wickets. The opposition side, Lalmonirhat posted 129.
Earlier, a short opening ceremony took place where Walter Jeanty, ICRC acting head of delegation, Ian Martin, head of disability cricket of England and Wales Cricket Board, AEM Kawser, game development manager and in-charge of High Performance Unit, BCB, Dr. Asim Sarker, provost, Jagannath Hall, University of Dhaka and former national cricketer Javed Omar Belim graced the event and encouraged the players with their inspiring words.
The tournament is part of the International Committee of the Red Cross’ endeavour to promote social inclusion through sports, highlight skills and efforts of the physical challenged cricketers and help them reintegrate into the mainstream society gradually.
Six teams comprising disabled players are scheduled to compete in two groups for the trophy. The final will be held Thursday.