Indian physically challenged team win "Aman Ki Asha" Series in Pakistan.posted under: India | All news
|A two-match series played under the banner of “Aman Ki Asha” – an initiative of the Times of India and the Jang Group in Pakistan, saw physically challenged players from both countries play 30-over games. India clinches the series 2-0 by beating Pakistan by 56 runs after winning the first game as well. Both the games were played in Islamabad’s Shalimar Ground.
The President of the Physically Challenged Cricket Association of India (PCCAI) Praveen Bahl, said his experience in Pakistan was very exciting and he was thrilled by the fact that he was able to return to the soil where his ancestors were born. “I had always dreamt of returning to the country where my forefathers lived and spent their lives,” he was quoted.
He also said that the players’ families, who were concerned for the safety of the boys in Pakistan, had nothing to worry about.
“They said reports from Pakistan suggested that visiting the country at this point of time could be dangerous.
“People who warned us against visiting Pakistan were absolutely wrong. Pakistan is as peaceful as any European country. We feel absolutely at home. The atmosphere is peaceful and the people are friendly and hospitable. We are really enjoying our stay here,” he added.
In the series, Ravi Patil, who scored a century for India in the first match, continued his good form and scored a fine 53 in the second game as well. Along with Tushar Paul’s 41, the Indians posted a competitive total of 229 for 8 in 30 overs. Pakistan had got off to a good start and had made 92 runs in the first 10 overs, but after Junaid Khan (57) and Adeel Khan’s (46) partnership came to an end, the visitors made quick work of the rest.
India’s off-spinner Utpal Majumdar flew through Pakistan’s middle and bottom order, finishing with brilliant figures of 5-18, also almost getting a hat-trick in one of his overs. His knock of 32 with the bat was excellent and he won the Man of the Match award.