Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi and wicket-keeper Syed Kirmani urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) under its aegis.
Both Bedi and Kirmani participated in the IndusInd Bank Blind Cricket Conclave 2018, where the victorious national team which won the World Cup for the Blind, last year, were present.
Bedi spoke about Tiger Pataudi, who played his entire international cricket after losing an eye due to a car accident.
“Tiger lost eyesight before he made his Test debut. He hated if anyone sympathised with him. He never considered it as a physical disability and went on to become India’s finest captain. He was a Nawab but never behaved like one,” Bedi said during the event.
“You all are inspiration for millions. I would expect the BCCI to take CABI under its fold and give all the assistance they require. You all have shown that even if you don’t have eyesight, you can have vision,” Bedi said.
Kirmani and Madan Lal inspired the cricketers with stories of their 1983 triumph against all odds.
“Our World Cup victory is nothing compared to what you people have achieved. You all are my heroes,” Madan Lal said.