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24 February | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Pakistan to host Wheelchair Cricket Asia Cup at a ‘neutral venue’

Besides Pakistan, teams from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will participate in Asia Cup

The training camp of the Pakistan Wheelchair-bound cricket team for preparation for the Wheelchair Cricket Asia Cup will commence at Lahore Gymkhana in Lahore City.

Pakistan Wheelchair Cricket Council (PWCC) President Rookhsana Rajpoot confirmed that Pakistan will host the Asia Cup in July at the ‘neutral venue’ of Nepal. “We were all set to host the event in Pakistan but due to some issues, we have decided to shift it to Nepal,” she said.

She said that every effort would be made to make the event a real success, commencing on July 11. She said that preparations to stage the event were underway. “We hope fans will enjoy exciting contests during the event,” she said.

Rookhsana Rajpoot says an international wheelchair cricket team will visit Pakistan for a series

The matches will be played at the two grounds in Kathmandu. According to the Pakistan Wheelchair Cricket Council, green shirts consisted of a bunch of highly talented players, who were capable of winning the event. “Our players are in good shape,” Rookhsana Rajpoot said.

She said that the players have been working really hard for quite some time. “I’m sure they will emerge victorious in Asia Cup.” Teams from Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan will participate in the Asia Cup.

“We will also host the Afghanistan wheelchair cricket-bound team in June for a series, to be held in Islamabad,” said Rookhsana Rajpoot. To a question, she said that the Afghanistan team will play three T20Is and two ODIs against Pakistan.

“It will be a watershed moment as it will be for the first time in history that an international wheelchair cricket team will visit Pakistan for a series.” She said that it would also be for the first time in the history of wheelchair cricket that an international one-day match would take place between the two teams.

It is pertinent to mention here that this format is an inclusive program that develops participant’s personal skills and future prospects using cricket as its engagement tool. Also, blind cricket is also a version of the sport of cricket adapted for blind and partially sighted players. On the other hand, deaf cricket is a version of cricket which is governed by the Deaf International Cricket Council.

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