The All Goa State Cricket Cup 2019 will be held at Shiroda and Ponda in the month of March with over 100 local teams participating, both in the Under-19 and Open categories. Registration for the same has already begun and about 28 teams from across the length and breadth of Goa have already registered for the tournament.
In addition to these matches, there will be special inter-state charity matches for Blind, Differently-Abled and Wheelchair cricketers. The specially-abled teams will play exhibition matches only with the length of the pitch and the field being different. This state-level tournament is being organised by the Goa State Differently-able, Wheelchair and Blind Sports Persons Forum (GDWBSF). It is however not affiliated to the Goa Cricket Association.
"This is the first time that cricket matches for the Blind, Wheelchair and Differently-abled cricketers are being organised in Goa," event co-organiser and media spokesperson Flynn Remedios said, adding that an India-Bangladesh Wheelchair cricket tournament was held in Mumbai last year with the visiting Bangladesh wheelchair cricket team being sponsored by the Bangladesh Cricket Association, the official national cricket body of the country.
The Mumbai tournament was organised by the Nevada Putman Foundation in association with the Disabled Sporting Society and supported by the Gyandeep Seva Charitable Trust of Mumbai, said Remedios, who was also associated with the event.
At India-Bangladesh Wheelchair cricket tournament, the Indian team was captained by Ramesh Sartape of Maharashtra and the Bangladesh team was captained by Mohammad Mohasin.
We are in the process of inviting teams from all over India for the Blind, Wheelchair and Differently-abled cricket matches, said Remedios. The grand prize for the tournament will be Rs 5 lakh, with several other prizes for the participating and winning teams.