The first ever Prime Bank Independence T20 bilateral series between Bangladesh and India had concluded on 24th of April. Both teams were represented by physically impaired cricketers from respective countries. All the matches of the three match T20 series were held at the Daffodil University Campus field in Ashulia.
India clinched the trophy defeating host Bangladesh 2-1. After registering wins in first two matches of the series, Bangladesh emerged as winner by 10 wickets in the last match of the series.
The last match of the series was curtailed to 5 overs per team as the match took place five hours later than the scheduled time due to improper field condition.
India won the toss and decided to bat first. They scored 72 runs in their allotted five overs without losing a wicket. Rohit scored highest 36 runs.
In reply, Bangladesh chased down the total batting 3.3 overs. For Bangladesh, Manju scored 29 runs. Indian skipper Amit was adjudged man of the series.
In the opening day of the series, Bangladesh Cricket Board Media Committee Chairman Mohammed Jalal Yunus said, “I myself always engaged with any sort of activities related to cricket. There are a number of physically challenged teams in the country, we are trying to unite all of them.” He also thanked the organizers to take initiative for arranging series with physically impaired cricketers.
UNESCAP Disability Rights Champion Mohammad Abdus Sattar Dulal said, “Congratulations to ARDRID for taking initiatives to arrange bilateral series for physically impaired cricketers of India and Bangladesh. It is a great push to attain the rights of physically disabled people in Bangladesh. Thanks to everyone who came forward for arranging the series with special thanks to Prime Bank and hope they will stay beside this sort of activities in future as well.”
Mr. Sattar also urged for Bangladesh Cricket Board to come forward. There are lots of organizations of disabled cricketers in Bangladesh, he insisted to allot at least 2 crore BDT per year for the welfare of disabled cricketers in the country.
ARDRID Chairman and Bdcrictime’s CEO, Md Jabed Ali said, “We arranged the series to establish the rights and intellects of those who are physically backward as well as to tie up the bonding between Bangladesh and India.”
“No one would return bare handed was our motto. Seldom there will be any sponsor or prize money for disabled cricketers; even many a time they don’t have mere financial capabilities to pay the transport for returning home.”
He also thanked Prime Bank Limited and Bongo to come forward and hope they will be with such initiatives in future as well.
Last year a contract had been signed between Indian Cricket Federation for the Disabled (ICFD) and ARDRID, under which, a physically disabled cricket team of India will travel to Bangladesh to honor the Independence Day of Bangladesh, at the same time, a physically disabled cricket team of Bangladesh will also travel to India to honor India’s Independence Day every year.
Prime Bank Limited, Bongo are supported the series while bdcrictime.com was the media partner of the series. Radio Bhumi 92.8 FM worked as the radio partner of the series.