Wheelchair Users Cricket has rich history in the country as it provides with healthy outlet to persons with disabilities to execute their talent and joy. It is true to relate here that this event bear fruits as it helped developing different DPOs (Disabled Persons Organizations) in the country and empowered persons with disabilities as well that proved as strength for disability movement in Pakistan. It is worth mentioning here that to celebrate 15 Years of Wheelchair Cricket in Pakistan the festive event is here to be intimated.
National Wheelchair users Cricket Tournament 2017
HANDS, Disabled Welfare Association Karachi, Saaya Association Islamabad and Milestone Society for the Special Persons Lahore has organized National Wheelchair users Cricket Tournament in collaboration with Pakistan Sports Board under the umbrella of CBID Network from 19-21 Dec, 2017 at Jinnah Stadium Sports complex Islamabad for person with disabilities. The cricket teams and almost 200, Persons with disabilities participate from all over the country. In this event all teams performed on wheelchairs thus making an event of its own kind since most of the disabled persons are still living in isolation and they do not have access to show their abilities in all fields of life with equal opportunities in society. Through this meaningful event, community, parents, teachers, students and general public sensitized.
10 teams including Two Women teams participated in the tournament.
Islamabad , Karachi, Quetta, Lahore, Mirpurkhas, Mardan, Kashmir, Multan, Women Islamabad & Women Abbottabad
Welcome Dinner and Fun Night
A heartily welcome dinner along with fun & music festivity was organized by the organizing committee where representatives from the national assembly, INGOs, NGOs and civil servants participated. All the teams and their official were present and enjoyed the dinner with musical performances from different local well-tuned musical figure.
Mian Asim Zafar (President Saaya Associaton) introduced the participants to the dignities from respectable departments and other entities, participating teams and made them understand the history of wheelchair cricket in Pakistan and need of its promotion at government level for the healthy community with equal opportunities of life.
Honorable Member of National Assembly Miss Kishwer Zehra from MQM has graced the occasion as the chief guest. She welcomed all the participants and appreciated the organizers. She then distributed the shields to the distinguished guests and organizers.
The aim and spirit was unanimous that, the lives with disabilities need attention so that the goal to achieve barrier free, right based and inclusive society can become a reality for all. The honorable guests presented the team captions with flowers and kits for the cricket matches. The presence of Mr. Khuwaja has won the hearts of audience and made the whole evening even more memorable.
Honorable Minister of Information Miss Maryam Aurangzeb graced the opening ceremony on 20th December, 2017. Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the Wheelchair Cricket Tournament, Maryam Aurangzeb said that “I appreciate the civil society and corporate sector that they raise voices of Persons with Disabilities, but it was the responsibility of the government. She also thanked to Miss Kishwer Zehra to present a resolution regarding the rights of Persons with Disabilities in Parliament & I believe that there will be all facilities for the Person with disabilities in the new building of Punjab Sports Board.”
Addressing the event, Maryam Aurangzeb She said that I tribute to all the players. There is lots of capacity in all of you may not be within us, I myself have been on Wheelchair for 16-year wheelchair, that’s why I can understand your pain. Mary Aurangzeb said that there should be a model that these voices should be reached every sector, the government can only be Guide, but the as a nation we will have to bear this.
After the Opening Ceremony, the formal Wheelchair Cricket tournament started, the 8 men team had to play in the form of a pool of two. One pool comprises of four teams and they have to play three matches in total according to the schedule. All these matches were planned to be played in the Jinnah Stadium premises. The eight teams played 12 matches all in all to compete for the semifinals.
The teams have been divided in to group A and B with equal number of players. Each match was comprised of four overs in total. The duration of one match was about 35 minutes, it was pre fixed by the organizing committee so that 12 matches can be played in a single day as the next day was fixed for Women Match, Semifinal and Final as well.
Semi-Finals, Women Match & Final
2 Semi-Finals were played between four teams in which Islamabad & Multan won their matches & Qualify for the Final Match. A Single match Between Women Islamabad & Women Abbottabad Played in between Semi-Finals & Final in which Islamabad Women won the match. Girls of Islamabad Presented with Winning Trophy. The Final Match between Islamabad & Multan Played in which Multan team beat Islamabad & made themselves NWUCT-2017 CHAMPIONS.
Honorable Sports Minister Mr. Riaz Peerzada was the Chief Guest for the Closing Ceremony. Along with him, Different Members of National Assembly also there as guest of honor. The teams presented with Medals & trophies. Winning team got 50,000/- Cash Prize plus Winning Trophy & the Runner-up got 25,000/- cash prize & Trophy by the chief guest. The Winning team of Islamabad women got Trophy.