Friday, December 11, 2009

Twenty20 cricket championship for deaf in Tamil Nadu

Coimbatore: Twelve teams from across the State would vie for the honours in the First Tamil Nadu Cricket Twenty20 Championship for the Deaf, beginning here from tomorrow, which would be a selection trial to pickup Tamil Nadu team to participate in the South Zone cricket championship for deaf.

The two-day event for boys, perhaps the first in the country in the shorter version of the game for the specially disabled, is being organised by Rotary Club of Coimbatore Texcity, Christofell Blienden Mission, Bangalore and Bharathiar University, K Murali, convener of the Championship told reporters here today.

The matches would be played in round robin league of four groups and would be played in four venues and winners of each group would enter semi-final and then finals, he said.

With the participation of 180 deaf cricketers, a contingent of 18 best players, including coach and manager, would be selected to represent Tamil Nadu in South Zone Cricket championship for the deaf to be held next year in Andhra Pradesh, he said.

These organisations were conducting 50 over a side cricket match for the deaf, for the last four to five years and T20 championship would be made an annual feature, Murali said.

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