Karachi: Sindh Blind cricket recorded a convincing ten-wicket win against Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa in the summit clash to clinch National Solidarity T20 Cricket Cup here at NEW University cricket ground.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa batted first in the final match and scored 195 runs losing all of their wickets in 20 overs. Waqar Saeed top scored for the side with 81 runs.
Sindh, in response, easily achieved the target in 14 overs with losing a single wicket. Skipper scored unbeaten 104 runs while Shoaib Khan scored unbeaten 50.
The tournament was organized by Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) to pay tribute to martyrs of Peshawar school attack. Chief guest Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Siddiqui praised the organizers for organizing the tournament to promote national solidarity in the aftermath of tragic Peshawar school, where many young students lost their lives.
Shoaib added that blind cricket has been revived in Pakistan after Indian cricket team visited here last year. “Now other international blind cricket teams should start touring Pakistan,” he said.
He further said that if international blind cricket teams arrive here in Karachi, his department will provide security to them.
On the occasion, former Pakistan chief selector Salahudin Ahmed Sallu said that Pakistan blind cricket team has won many laurels for the country and it is now time that government and private sector should also start patronizing blind cricket events.
World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC) President Syed Sultan Shah said that every citizen of Pakistan should also play their role to defeat terrorism along with Pakistan armed forces.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Blind cricket team media manager Asif Azeem said this tournament proves that the martyrdom of the Peshawar victims will not go in waste.
“This tournament will promote a positive image of the country and it will also show that Pakistan nation is united against terrorists,” he said.
PBCC Vice President Kamran Sheikh thanked Sports Department of Sindh Government, DMC South, HinoPak motors and Pak Salt Refinery for sponsoring and patronizing the tournament.
At the end of the ceremony, Shoaib Siddiqui gave away Rs 50000 and Trophy to Sindh captain Tariq Shumail. Sallu presented runner-up trophy and Rs 15000 to KPK captain.
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