Blind Women Cricket: From Top of the World to the Banks of River Thames

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The world's first ever international T20 Blind Women Cricket Tournament between Nepal and UK was conducted recently in Kathmandu. The organizer of this best of three tournament was The Cricket Association of the Blind, Nepal. This series was organized in cricket ground of Pulchowk Engineering College at Lalitpur District of Kathmandu valley from 26th-28th October, 2014.

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Unlike the ordinary cricket, blind cricket is different. Only the umpire sees the ball and all the players have to rely on the tingling sound of the rattling balls to track out its direction. In this game, players are categorized as per their visibility strength. Totally blind people are categorized as B1, poor low vision as b2 and high low vision as b3. Batting is horizontal and balling is under arm.

The concept of the cricket for the blind women was developed by Mr. Pawan Ghimire in 2006. Mr. Ghimire is the president of the Cricket Association of the Blind in Nepal. He developed a team of Nepali Blind Women Cricket and organized some National Tournament of Blind Women Cricket before going international. Later in 2006, Ms. Beth Ivan of the then Cricket for Change in UK travelled to Nepal and learnt the skills and potentiality of the Blind Girls in Cricket. She, then travelled back to her country and after, five years of tireless effort, this came to Nepal, with her team, to make his dream tournament a reality.

In all three games played, Nepal defeated the U.K blind women cricket team In the first day match on 26th Oct., Nepal defeated U.K by 169 runs. The next day on October 27, Nepal again defeated the UK by 93 runs. One the third and final match Nepal clean sweep the tournament by winning the UK team by 10 wickets. ManKeshi Chaudhary , a Nepali hard hitter bats woman was judge as the player of the series for her total run of 131 altogether, for which she made 77 runs in second day match and 51 in third day match. She was also the player of the match in second and third day game. Bhagwati Amgain was the player of the match on the first day Game.


Various guests including, the Ambassador of the UK to the Nepal His Excellency Andrew Sparks and the senior advocate Sapana Pradhan Malla were present to see the match. Other various disability rights activists of Nepal were also present. Both the team celebrated the victory at last because this series was not only about winning the game. It was showing the world that blind women despite of various challenges and stereotypes, can come forward and play cricket for their nation. The blind women of both teams, Nepal and the UK has proved blindness is not and never will be a barrier to what a persons or group can achieve.

You can also read: Nepal blind women cricket team victory against UK

Watch the Pictures of Nepal Vs. UK Blind Women Cricket