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Nethra Vidyala Students selected for India's First Women's Cricket Team for visually challenged

Updated: Jun 23

3 students from Nethra Vidyalaya part of India's first International women's cricket team for visually challenged

The Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) has announced the selection of India’s first-ever women’s cricket team for the blind, which will represent the country in the upcoming Bilateral Series against Nepal. The selection was made based on the players’ performances in the recently concluded selection trials held in Bhopal.

The Bilateral tour is scheduled to take place in Nepal from April 25 to April 30.

Sandhya, Satyavati & Ravanni are the 3 players representing Nethra Vidyalaya in India's first women's cricket team for visually challenged ! Congratulations to all of them!

The Team

A match is played between two teams of 11 players comprising a minimum of four B1 players, a minimum of two B2 players, and a maximum of 5 B3 players.

The Sight Categories

B1: No light perception in either eye up to or including light Perception but inability to recognise the shape of a hand at any distance or in any direction.

B2: From ability to recognise the shape of a hand up to and including Visual Acuity of 2/60 and/or Visual Field of 5 Degrees or less.

B3: From Visual Acuity above 2/60 up to and including Visual Acuity of 6/60 and/or a Visual Field of more than 5 degrees up to and including 20 degrees.

The composition of the team throughout the match will be as per the ratio of the three categories mentioned above.

The officials closely monitored the players’ performances, including Selection Committee Chairman E John David during the selection trials. The 17-member squad selected from the trials will go down in history as the first-ever Indian team to compete in the T20 Bilateral Series for the Blind.

The 17-member squad will participate in an intensive national cricket coaching camp at Sarda Sportscube Foundation in Gurugram from April 17, 2023, to April 22, 2023. On April 23, 2023, the Indian team, along with officials, will depart from Delhi to Nepal to compete in 5 T20 matches in Pokhara and Kathmandu.

Following the success of Cricket for Visually Impaired Men in the last decade, the T-20 National Trophy for Visually Impaired Women was introduced in 2019, with 150 women from seven different states participating.

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