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    India wins Blind Cricket World Cup

    Team India won the Blind Cricket World Cup defeating the defending champion Pakistan by 5 wickets and 2 balls to spare.

    Blind Cricket World Cup was started in 1998 where South Africa won the Inaugural tournament but the game has been in decline since then due to a lack of support from most national cricketing authorities, a fact lamented by Indian captain Shekar Naik as well.2014 was the fourth version of the game.

    In the Final match Pakistan batted first and made a massive score of 389, but team India easily chased the target easily defeating the defending champion by 5 wickets and 2 balls to spare.

    Naik said the team was elated at having won despite the great odds and lack of support from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

    "Despite India being the richest cricketing country in the world and even managing the ICC, the BCCI still does not support blind cricketers," Naik

    The Indian team comprised 17 players and three officials. The number of visually challenged cricketers in India is 22,000, far more compared to the 4,000 in Pakistan and only 200 in South Africa.

    The President of Blind Cricket South Africa, Francois Neethling, described the tournament as a great success, adding that players learnt a lot from each other as they brought in new techniques to show their colleagues from other countries how the game can be improved.

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