40-over Blind Cricket World Cup SLC sponsors Blind Cricket team

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By 2018-01-03

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is sponsoring the Blind Cricket Team that will participate in the 5th edition of the 40-over Blind Cricket World Cup, scheduled to take place from 9 to 22 January 2018 in UAE and Lahore.

The sponsorship package of Rs 1.1 million covers, equipment and air travel for the 17-member squad and 3 officials that will take wing to Dubai on 6 January.

The SLC also provided the team with side wickets at the NCC, centre wickets at Surrey Maggona grounds, and also a coach to conduct practices targeting the World Cup.

In addition to this sponsorship, SLC also sponsored the team's annual subscription of GBP 200 (approximately Rs 40,000) payable to the World Blind Cricket Council for 2017 and Airfare for 2 members to attend the AGM in Bangladesh at a total cost of Rs 219,000 via its charity arm Cricket Aid.

Vice President of SLC K. Mathivanan, who is heading international cricket and overlooking Cricket Aid under the guidance of President Thilanga Sumathipala, handed over the sponsorship to the Team Manager of Sri Lanka Blind Cricket, H.G. Chaminda Pushpakumara Karunaratne at the SLC headquarters recently. Chinthaka Edirimanne, Head of Operations of Domestic Cricket, SLC, was also present at the occasion.

Sri Lanka Blind Cricket team, coming under the auspices of the Sri Lanka Cricket Association for the Visually Handicapped, will be led by Chandana Deshapriya. India has won the title since 2012. Sri Lanka made it to the semi-final in 2014.

The participating countries on a round robin basis comprises Sri Lanka, reigning champions India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Australia.

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