ISLAMABAD - Indian Physically Challenged Cricket team beat visiting Pakistan handicapped team by 18 runs in the Twenty20 match arranged especially to mark World Disabled Day at Tau Devi Lal Stadium, Haryana on Tuesday.
Indian team, batting first, scored 138-9 in the allotted overs. Utpal Majumdar was top scorer with 25 runs and he also bowled well and took a crucial wicket to ensure a comfortable Indian victory. Dbu (25), Ravi (17) and also played well for the winners. Anees Afridi, Shujaat and Hameed took two wickets each.
Pakistan were all set to win the match as they had scored 93-3 in 14 overs but a series of blunders cost them dearly and the entire team was sent packing at 120 in the allotted overs. Tauqeer was top scorer for Pakistan with 35 runs Asad Ali added 34.
It was a pretty casual performance by the Pakistani handicapped players, as the team was selected on personal relations rather than following merit. Pakistan team had remained unbeaten against the same opponents for the last one year or so but overcautious approach by the coach and poor team selection led to the team to downfall.
Talking to this scribe from India, an inside source said: “It never looked like there was any sort of competitive match going around. Pakistani contingent mainly based on officials were looked busy in exchanging pleasantries rather than focusing on the game. There was no comparison between the two-sides, as the Indians looked quite young and agile, while on the other hand, Pakistani players were clearly overage, and hardly moving as they should have done.”
Meanwhile, Hashmi defied the orders of Civil Judge First Class Rasool Bakhsh Mirjat, who had granted stay order against the PCAPH and refrained them from any activity till the next hearing. In sheer violation of court orders, Hashmi had not only taken handicapped team to India to play a match on World Disabled Day, and managed to include the names of his wife and other close aides for a joy-ride trip to India on the money, which was meant to spend on handicapped players.
It is quite unfortunate that despite clear court orders, Hashmi refused to accept the orders and continue with self-styled policies, he had taken an army of officials on the money he received from different donors in the name of handicapped players.
When this scribe contacted newly-appointed PCAPH chairman Raja Imran Hussain to seek his point of view after prevailing situation, he said: “Abbas Hashmi has committed contempt of court and we will announce our future course of action when Hashmi returns from India, as we can't allow such persons to use the PCAPH name for their vested interests.”
When this scribe contacted ex-director media and development Nasir Mehmood Ch, he said: “We have entered the association just for a noble cause, but Hashmi had hijacked the entire body, so we decided to part ways. In such circumstances, we have left with no other option but to announce a body soon which will not only promote cricket but also other handicapped sports.”
The time is high when Inter-Provincial Coordination (IPC) Ministry must seek explanation from Hashmi and check all the accounts details of the PCAPH and give exemplary punishment to those involved in looting money meant for the welfare of handicapped players.