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CABI awaiting Govt's nod to travel to Pakistan for World Cup

Press Trust of India  |  Bengaluru 

Cricket Association for the Blind in (CABI) is awaiting clearance from the Indian to travel to for the fifth Cricket World Cup scheduled to be held from January 7 to 21.

"and will be hosting world cup for blind from January 7 to 21, but we are awaiting green signal from the Indian for us to go to Pakistan," CABI General Secretary E John David told PTI here.

In the past, the Indian team was allowed to travel to for the tournament despite the political tensions between the two neighbouring countries.

David exuded confidence that the Indian would give them the go ahead this time too.

"We have applied for permission. I am very hopeful that our government will allow us to fly down to Pakistan to play. In 2011, 2013 and 2014 we flew to Pakistan to play matches amidst political tension between the neighbouring countries," he said.

Apart from and Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and South Africa are the other participating nations, CABI President G K Mahantesh said.

The team will be flying to Pakistan on January 5 for the event after undergoing a month-long training here.

"Pakistanis have been a good host earlier. People there are hospitable and we enjoyed every bit of the stay in Pakistan during our previous tours," Mahantesh said.

"I and players would really like to visit Pakistan. We are hoping a positive response from our government."

Blind players are the best ambassadors for improving relationship between and Pakistan, he said.

India Squad:

Md. Jafar Iqbal (B1 category), Nareshbhai Tumda (B1), Mahender Vaishnav (B1), Sonu Golkar (B1), Prem Kumar B1), Basappa Vadgol (B1), Ajay Kumar Reddy (B2), D. Venkateswara Rao (B2), Ganeshbhai Muhudkar (B2), Surajit Ghara (B2), Anilbhai Gariya (B2), Prakash Jayaramaiah (B3), Deepak Malik (B3), Sunil Ramesh (B3), T. Durga Rao (B3), Pankaj Bhue (B3), Rambir (B3).

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First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 18:45 IST