Finance is the only hurdle in women blind cricket future: Sultan Shah


ISLAMABAD, April 12 (APP): Financial issue is the only reason that causing hurdle in the future of Pakistan Women Blind Cricket future, said Chairman Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) Syed Sultan Shah.
Talking to APP here Wednesday, Sultan Shah said that rupees three million were promised by chairman PCB Shehryar Khan but got nothing yet.
He informed that Nepal women blind team has expressed willingness to come and play in Pakistan but finance issue is cause problem.
More than 80 female blind cricketers are registered with PBCC, “if we get the desire budget the future for women blind cricketers can be saved”, he added.
Responding to a query regarding final of Blind Cricket World cup, he said that final will be played in Pakistan and if any team rejected to play in host country we have a plan to tackle the issue.
“The final match will be shifted to Dubai if any team argued to play in decided venue”, he said.
Talking about preparation Sultan Shah said that Pakistan Blind Cricket Council is organising a national tournament in July at Quetta where all international players will participate. This tournament is aimed to bring forward new talent to test in World Cup.
Syed Sultan expressed dissatisfaction regarding budget for organizing the mega event and said minimum five hundred million rupees are required to hold the event.
He said we have contacted Sindh and Punjab government for financial assistant as the matches will be played in Lahore and Karachi. In this regard a letter has been sent to the Prime Minister, CM Sindh and CM Punjab the response of which is awaited.
Expressing his displeasure regarding players central contract, he said only rupees 1 lakh 75 thousand are allocated for 18 players, which is not enough.  He said we have request Pakistan Cricket Board, provincial and federal government to facilitate blind cricket council in this regard.
Pakistan to host Blind Cricket World Cup-2018 in January, where ten teams will participate in the event including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri-Lanka, Australia, South Africa, Nepal and West Indies said Syed Sultan Shah Chairman Blind Cricket Council.
Talking to APP he said that Syed Sultan said that the total 34 matches will be played in Pakistan, Dubai and Sharjah, he said that India, and Sri-Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal Blind Cricket teams have already agreed to play in Pakistan while Australia, South Africa and West Indies teams are still awaiting NOC from their Foreign Office.
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