ISLAMABAD: The national team to feature in the Fourth Cricket World Cup of the Blind to be staged in Cape Town, South Africa from November 25 to December 9 will be announced on September 30.
Two-time winner and Defending Champions Pakistan will open their World Cup campaign against arch-rivals India on November 27.
Talking to APP, Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC), Secretary, Bilal Satti said the training camp to select the final line-up of players will be held from September 23 to 27 at Lahore. “The team will be selected from the trials,” he said.
“A total of eight test playing nations will be participating in the extravaganza including Defending Champions Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, West Indies, England, South Africa and Bangladesh,” he said adding Pakistan team is all prepared and aimed to bring the Third World Cup home.
Bilal said Pakistan team has been a consistent performer in the game and has the record to reach in the final of all the three editions of the World Cup and winning two in 2002 and 2006. He said it an honor for the country and us that for the first time Pakistani manufactured plastic balls will be used in the extravaganza.
However he lamented that still the national blind cricket team has no permanent ground where they could make proper preparations for this year’s mega event. “The PBCC has got 45 kanals of land at Ferozepur, Lahore but doesn’t have anybody to help them build a stadium and hostel for blind game cricketers,” he said appealing the authorities to help them.
World Cup Pakistan fixtures: November 27: Pakistan vs India; November 28: Bangladesh vs Pakistan; November 29: England vs Pakistan; December 1: South Africa vs Pakistan; December 2: Sri Lanka vs Pakistan; December 4: Australia vs Pakistan; December 5: West Indies vs Pakistan.