Pakistan Women’s Blind Cricket: 1st Team Announced; Australia To Support

AHC Pakistan, Ms Margaret Adamson and Chairman of PBCC, Syed Sultan Shah

LAHORE: After having worked on the selection process since July 2018, the PCB – Pakistan Blind Cricket Council supported by The Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, announced Pakistan’s first blind cricket team for women and girls.

The team is to play its first international Twenty20 game against Nepal, in January 2019 as part of the second ever women’s blind cricket series.

Pakistan Women’s Blind Cricket: 1st Training & Coaching Camp Starts

The announcement was made after culmination of the Australian High Commission sponsored one of two six-day training clinics for visually impaired women and girls at Kinnaird College for Women in Lahore.

The Chairman of Pakistan Blind Cricket Council, Syed Sultan Shah, said, “Cricket for the blind is a highly competitive game which enables people with visual impairment to become people of vision – a vision of an accessible future full of exciting opportunities for all.”

The Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Margaret Adamson, mentioned that “Australia and Pakistan share a passion for cricket, so we are happy to support the Pakistan Blind Cricket Council’s efforts to bring women and girls living with disabilities into the sport.”

Ms Adamson added, “By providing women and girls with disabilities with the opportunity to compete and demonstrate their physical ability, sport can help to reduce gender stereotypes and negative perceptions associated with people with disabilities.”

Elaborating she said, “Coach Nafees Ahmed helped these players push their boundaries. They are brilliant exponents of Pakistan’s best-loved game and a source of inspiration for us all.”

Mr Nafees also coached the national men’s team to victory in the 2002 and 2006 World Cups.

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The probables team memberswith Chief Guest and PBCC officials

The list of shortlisted 25 players for 1st Pakistan Women’s Blind Cricket Team are:

Sr. No Name Category City
1. Saba Gul B1 Islamabad
2. Saba Shaukat B1 Rawalpindi
3. Aqsa Arif B1 Multan
4. Bushra Zahoor B1 Gujranwala
5. Tayyaba Zafar B1 Layyah
6. Summaya Mumtaz B1 Lahore
7. Aneela Shahzadi B1 Sheikopura
8. Iqra Ahmed B1 Lahore
9. Robina Aslam B2 Lahore
10. Sadia Khalid B2 Islamabad
11. Bushra Rafique B2 Rawalpindi
12. Madhia Siddique B2 Rawalpindi
13. Mehwiah Rafique B2 Rawalpindi
14. Nimra Rafique B2 Rawalpindi
15. Rabbia J. Hasmhi B2 Multan
16. Nisha Bax B2 Lahore
17. Bisma Hussain B2 Lahore
18. Bushra Azeem B2 Gujrat
19. Huma Ashraf B2 Lahore
20. Misbah Shair B2 Khushab
21. Tayyaba Fatima B3 Attock
22. Rabbia Shahzadi B3 Lahore
23. Kiran Rafique B3 Rawalpindi
24. Zoya Ikram B3 Karachi
25. Irum Shehzadi B3 Rawalpindi

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