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Welcome to the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI)

Cricket is more than a religion in India. To make the most popular game accessible to people with visual impairment, bring them onto the field and be a part of cricket, “Cricket for the Blind” was developed. It is a different version of the sport, adapted to suit the constraints of partial and complete visually impaired players. Cricket for the Blind was first introduced by Australia in 1920s and made its first appearance in India in 1980.

Taking the game of “Cricket for the Blind” to each and every cricket enthusiast, organizing more tournaments and promoting the game is predominantly executed by “Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI).” By promoting the game, CABI believes that the attitude of the society towards the visually impaired youngsters turns positive and eventually helps them integrate into the mainstream.

CABI is the cricketing arm of Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, a National Award winning NGO, working towards facilitating opportunities to enable persons with disabilities and the underserved to keep pace with the rest of the society by providing quality education, accommodation, nutritious food, vocational training and placement based rehabilitation.

As Sports was one of the major initiatives at Samarthanam, the organization took over the responsibility of organizing Cricket Tournaments for the Blind in 2010. Consequently ‘Cricket Association for Blind in India’ (CABI) was formed.

Cricket Association for Blind in India (CABI) is the apex body organizing and conducting cricket for blind in India and is affiliated to World Blind Cricket Ltd (WBC). It has been organizing cricket tours and tournaments since 2010 and working on blind cricket awareness. CABI organizes tournaments at District, State, Zonal and National levels fostering the visually impaired cricket players’ future in the game and helping them integrate into the mainstream.

Felicitations after India’s victory in the first ever SBI T-20 World Cup

After India’s victory in the first ever SBI T-20 World Cup in December 2012, Indian team had a series of felicitations which kick started from the then Chief Minister of Karnataka Shri. Jagadish Shettar at his residence on 13th December, felicitation at SBI head office by DGM State Bank of India on 14th December, felicitation by Mr. Oscar Fernandes present Central Minister of Road Transport and Highways at his residence on 20th December, felicitation by Mr. Jeetendra Singh present Central Minister of state for Youth Affairs and Sports at his office on 21st December, felicitation by Mr. Arun Jaitley Leader of opposition and Vice-President BCCI – Board of Control for Cricket in India, at his residence on 23rd December, felicitation by Mr. Pranab Mukherjee Honorable President of India at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 24th December, and many more Corporate, and General Public coming forward to appreciate the victory, for CABI it was not only a victory for the Indian blind cricket team, but an overall triumph of Blind Cricket.

Met with BCCI President Mr. N. Srinivasan on 30th December and discussed regarding the recognition and affiliation of CABI with BCCI, Mr. N. Srinivasan, responded positively, and has assured to discuss this in the working committee.

PMI Awards

Samarthanam’s initiative CABI received prestigious PMI awards for outstanding project management On 27th September 2013 Samarthanam was awarded the trophy in the NGO category for outstanding project management in organizing T20 World Cup for the Blind in December 2012.

PMI is world’s largest not-for-profit membership association for project management professionals.. This year under the category Project of the year – NGO Samarthanam was selected alongside The Energy and Research Institute (TERI) from among several large scale applicants. This was in recognition of successful execution of the T20 World Cup which was in no way less than a project that required implementation using most of the project management principles. The glittering award ceremony was organised at Leela Kempinski in New Delhi as part of the PMI Conference. Samarthanam was one among the others like Reliance, Tata, Alstom, TERI and ESSAR Group that were recognised on the occasion.

Samarthanam was the first organization to receive the award on the day of the event. Hundreds of leading movers of the corporate gathered on the occasion and admired CABI’s video which was greeted with thunderous applause. Later several of them approached Mahantesh GK founder Trustee to wish him and express their admiration.

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