|Visually impaired cricketers practise before the match at Mecon Stadium in Ranchi on Tuesday. Telegraph picture
Cricket in India is an obsession and the visually impaired are no exception. The heavy rain tried its best to play spoilsport but it failed to dampen their spirit.
The cricketers and the organisers of the first-ever state cricket tournament for the blind waited with patience till 3pm at Mecon Stadium in Ranchi on Tuesday for the skies to clear up.
The “rain god” pleased with their patience finally showed mercy and allowed one match to be played, albeit a truncated one.
Kolhan defeated Chotanagpur by six runs in the opening contest. Batting first, Kolkan scored 45 for the loss of five wickets in eight overs. Chotanagpur could manage only 39 runs.
Cricket Association for the Blind in Jharkhand has organised this triangular meet with support from organisations such as CCL, Mecon, regional offices of Unique Identification Authority of India, Planning Commission and several NGOs.
Santhal Pargana is the third team vying for the title.
The organisers are keeping their fingers crossed on completing the two-day competition which has become a truncated version of T20 now.
“Though planned in T20 format, we could hold only one 8-over match today. The remaining matches will be of 10 overs,” said E. John David, treasurer of Cricket Association for the Blind in India, who has come all they way from Bangalore to officiate as the match referee.
On Wednesday, two more matches will be played, he said, adding that if the rain does not allow the final match, the top team in the league table would qualify for the East Zone tourney scheduled to begin in Cuttack (Odisha) from October 29.