India To Host 1st-Ever Deaf ICC T20 World Cup In Gurugram

| September 28 , 2018 , 14:22 IST

The 1st Deaf ICC T20 World Cup will be hosted in India in the month of November. The tournament will be hosted by the Deaf Cricket Society (DCS), the apex governing body, and which was eventually announced on Thursday.

The World Cup will comprise of 8-teams which will be divided into two groups and each team will play three matches in the group stage. Two teams from each group will then qualify for the semifinals.

The tournament will be played for eight days and will witness participation of more than 200 players across eight countries including England, Australia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, South Africa, apart from host India.

The World Cup will begin from November 23-30 in Gurugram.  

Speaking to media, General Secretary of Deaf Cricket Society, Sumit Jain said, "Cricket is still one of the most popular sports played and watched in the country. In 2017 alone, the sport enjoyed 717 million TV viewers and around 27 billion impressions per week."

"The annual investment in Indian cricket is as much as Rs 8000 crore. And today we are confident that Disability sport such as Cricket will gain momentum and support by this world-class tournament being held in India," he added.

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According to media reports, Chairman of Deaf, International Cricket Council Stefan Pichowski said, "we are delighted that India is hosting the second edition of Deaf-ICC World Cup T20. The enthusiasm from the teams across the world is overwhelming and the visit to India will be very special as it is known for promoting the spirit of Cricket.

"Globally, initiatives to introduce cricket to people with disabilities has shown immense benefits. The sport has helped significantly in raising confidence levels, improving sensory and motor skills, quality of life and self-esteem as well as social skills and emotional growth," he added.