caption : Deaf cricketers of team India , Winning team of Deaf ODI Trination Series held at Merlin Rise Club Pavillion Cricket Ground, Kolkata = with Peter Cook, Acting deputy British High Commissioner , Shiv Sankar Pal, former Cricketer .
Indian Deaf team win IDCA TRI-Nation ODI for the Deaf against Bangladesh Deaf team
The seven day long tournament held at Merlin Rise Club Pavillion Cricket ground, Rajarhat , Kolkata
· Kolkata plays a welcoming host to IDCA Tri- Nation ODI for the Deaf, 2023.
· Teams Deaf Bangladesh & India* played the final match.
· This International tournament was held between 29th April & 5th May came to a successful close at Merlin Rise, Sport’s City, Club Pavilion cricket Grounds, Rajarhat, Kolkata.
· Chief Guest on the occasion of the closing ceremony was Acting Deputy British High Commissioner to Kolkata, Mr. Peter Cook.
· Present at the closing & prize distribution ceremony were Guest of Honours, Mr. Shib Shankar Paul, former Indian cricketer, Ms. Sarbani Bhattacharya, Vice President, Corporate Communications & CSR, Merlin Group. & Ms. Amita Prasad, Director, Indus Valley World School.
· Prizes sponsored by Century Ply & Merlin Group.
News stardom :Delhi/ Kolkata 6th May, 2023. This year IDCA has scaled up their presence with a calendar of tournaments pan India to promote deaf cricket talent across the country. IDCA held these significant tournaments, IDCA Tri-Nation ODI 2023, between Bangladesh, India & Nepal, 2023 & IDCA T 20 Deaf Indian Premier League, 2023 in Kolkata, West Bengal. The tournament was played at Club Pavillion cricket ground of Merlin Rise, Rajarhat, Kolkata.
Congratulations to the Indian Deaf team Winners of IDCA Tri-Nation ODI for the Deaf, 2023 & Runner up Bangladesh Deaf team.
Next tournament scheduled from May 23rd to May 25th, 2023 in continuation with promoting diversity & inclusion. Bengaluru, Karnataka, South India will be the venue for the IDCA T10 women’s deaf league, with participation from 12 pan India women’s deaf teams.
Sumit Jain, President, IDCA said, “IDCA is delighted to be hosted in Kolkata which is also one of the venues for the IPL. We are excited that the Tri-Nation ODI for the Deaf , 2023 tournament has generated public awareness & goodwill for deaf cricket. IDCA advisory board was delighted to welcome the presence of our Chief Guest at the closing ceremony, Acting Deputy British High Commissioner, Kolkata, Mr. Peter Cook. He added, ‘We are grateful and thank Century Ply, Emami Group & Merlin Group for their immense support to disability sport, specially cricket. IDCA will lead the country with our efforts to train & motivate deaf cricketers to play mainstream cricket as we follow the ICC format.”
Peter Cook, Acting British Deputy High Commissioner to Kolkata said, “I am so glad to support this event and celebrate the importance of equality and diversity in sport. I am delighted to meet these able players and watch their performances on the field. Enabling full participation amongst our society is an important signal that there are no barriers – all are welcome.”
Keshav Bajanka, Executive Director, Century Ply expressed, “We are privileged to get an opportunity to promote a cause for cricket by associating with IDCA as support partner for the Tri-Nation ODI for the Deaf, between India, Bangladesh & Nepal held in Kolkata. These talented youth play the match with as much enthusiasm & zeal, reflects their ability to be sportsmen first! Kudos to their spirit of proving action speaks louder than words. Congratulations to the winners Indian Deaf Team & runner up Bangladesh Deaf Team
Sushil Mohta, Chairman, Merlin Group, said, “It is quite Heartening to be able to host the matches of Indian Deaf Cricket Association right from Deaf t20 IPL to this Deaf Tri nation ODI among Bangladesh, Nepal and India at our cricket ground of Merlin Rise. We have thoroughly enjoyed the final match between India and Bangladesh team. It is really commendable on the part of Indian Deaf Cricket Association to put so much effort and organize Tri nation cricket tournament in Kolkata to motivate the talented differently abled sportsmen. We hope to support such tournaments in future also.”
Ms. Roma Balwani, CEO, IDCA commented, “ We are delighted with the presence of our esteemed Chief Guest, Acting Deputy British High Commissioner, Kolkata, Mr. Peter Cook at the closing ceremony, in support of our endeavour ‘Cricket for a Cause’ which resonates with the spirit of their themes, youth, community, diversity & sustainability”. She added, “We are fortunate that Kolkata headquartered organisations, Century Ply, Emami Group & Merlin Group have come forward whole-heartedly in support of deaf cricket as a social cause. To collaborate with these stalwart organisations, is an honour for our teams. It will go a long way in support to these unsung heroes of New India, and to be able to hold our future tournaments in Kolkata.”
Grateful thanks to;
FanCode -Live Streaming Partner
Zarif Baking by Zenab Zarif, closing ceremony- Hospitality Partner.
Madhyamgram Rural Hospital, Barasat Dist., North 24 Parganas – Medical Support Partner.
The event is being sponsored & supported by its corporate partners Century Ply, Emami Group, KFC India, Hero MotoCorp, Impact Research and Measurement, Kaizzen, Nykaa, Cognito, Trisys, Zarifs Baking & BP Koirala India-Nepal Foundation, Embassy of India.
IDCA Formed in 2020 by Mr. Sumit Jain (Member Differently-Abled Cricket Committee, BCCI) registered under the Societies Registration Act 1860 with the sole aim to promote the game of Cricket amongst the deaf athletes of the country and to provide them the platform to showcase their talent and to represent their respective states at national level and country at international level.
Indian Deaf Cricket Association (IDCA) is a governing body for deaf cricket in India and a member of DICC (Deaf International Cricket Council) which closely works with ICC to promote Cricket amongst Deaf Cricketers globally.
*Selection committee for the IDCA team that represented India consisted of eminent coaches – Mr. Dev Dutt (Coach), Mr. Vinod Kumar Matta (Chief Selector), Mr. M. P. Singh (Head Coach)