Indian Blind Women’s Cricket team to host Nepal for 5 T20Is from 11 December

The Indian blind women’s cricket team led by skipper Varsha Umapathi led India to a historic gold medal at the IBSA World Games by beating Australia by 9 wickets in the final in Birmingham in August, earlier this year. Courtesy of comprehensive performances, the Indian team managed to stay unbeaten throughout the tournament.

Indian Blind Women's Cricket Team. PC: Getty
Indian Blind Women’s Cricket Team. PC: Getty

The Indian blind women’s cricket team is ready to host Nepal for a five-match T20I series. The series will commence on 11th December 2023 and will conclude on 15th December 2023. The last time these two sides came up against each other, India lost the series by a 1-3 margin in their maiden series at the international level.

“Nepal are a strong team and to play against them is always a tough challenge. When we played them the last time, we had some language, communication, and understanding problems, as we are all from different parts of the country. But now we have adjusted a lot and are able to communicate better. We have been preparing well and are keen to get our revenge against Nepal, who beat us in the last series.” skipper Varsha Umapathi speaks about the improvements within the side from the last time they faced Nepal and are keen to bounce back in the series this time around.

Varsha Umapathi will continue to lead the side and Phula Saren will be her deputy. “Once again I am given the responsibility to lead the side and both Phula Saren and I are honoured. We are sure that the team will give the best and new records, new players and new dreams will be dreamt through this series taking this game to the next level.” skipper Varsha Umapathi speaks about the game-changing effect the upcoming five-match T20I series against Nepal could have on inspiring the people with special abilities.

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Cricket Association for Blind in India (CABI) has announced the Indian Blind Women’s Cricket team squad ahead of their T20I series against Nepal.

Varsha Umapathi ©, Valasanaini Ravanni, Simu Das, Padmini Tudu, Killaka Sandhya, Priya, Sandra Davis Kairmalikkal, Basanti Hansda, Pritiben Desai, Simranjeet Kaur, Sunita Sarathe, Sushma Patel, M. Satyavathi, Phula Saren (vice-captain), Jhili Birua, Ganga Sambhaji Kadam, Geetha Mahato, and Kavya N R.

Players like Simranjeet Kaur, Sunita Sarthe, Geetha Mahato, and Kavya N R have received their maiden call-ups in the squad.

The upcoming five-match T20I series against Nepal that gets underway on 11th December 2023 will be the first-ever women’s bilateral series in India for the Indian blind women’s cricket team. “This is the first-ever Women’s International Bilateral in India. City of Dreams is the best place to organise these matches, dreaming that our women cricketers will get massive support and go on to become the torchbearers of Cricket for the Blind. We welcome the team from Nepal and may the best team win.” CABI President Buse Gowda is elated about the fact that the maiden international bilateral series in India for the Indian Blind women’s cricket team will be played in Mumbai and is hoping that the team receives massive support from the spectators.

(Quotes sourced from Mid-Day, and ANI).

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