Chennai, Oct 10 (tamilnaducentral): Lit The Light, a Chennai-based volunteering outfit conducted Louis Braille Trophy-Blindfold Cricket Tournament 2017 on October 7 and 8, the first-ever state level cricket tournament to be held for visually challenged players.
The outfit solely driven by self-initiated volunteers took up the challenge to hold the state-level tournament when Tamil Nadu has not sent even a single player for the Indian Blind Cricket team past two years. The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association for the Blind assisted with technical support. The inaugural ceremony was graced by Mr M Mathivanan IRS and poet Mr Madhumathi. The final ceremony was graced by the distinguished presence of Mr P Aravindan IPS, Mr G Bala, popular cartoonist and Mr Sankara Mahalingam, CSR Consultant.The media partner was Idein Media.
13 teams with 15 players in each team competed for the trophy. 200 visually challenged players from 13 districts of Tamil Nadu were accommodated with necessary amenities with the assistance rendered by Mr P Aravindan, IPS, Deputy Commissioner, South.
League matches were held on October 7th and 8th in three different playgrounds parallely at Avichi Higher Secondary School, Police Training Academy and Ramakrishna Mission Higher Secondary School in Chennai. While Tiruchi, Madurai, Thanjavur and Virudhunagar teams made it to the semifinal, Madurai and Virudhunagar reached the finals. 30 best players in different categories were chosen and top 15 players were picked from them who will represent Tamil Nadu for South Zone Cricket Tournament for the Blind to be held at Calicut, Kerala from October 12th to 15th.
Team Madurai emerged the winner beating Virudhunagar in the 20-over match. Ramesh was declared the Man of the Match who clocked a whopping 181 runs. The winner and runner-up trophies were given away along with medals and certificates.
Mr Barath of Lit The Light said that the herculean task of accommodating 200 players, handling logistics and conduct of matches in a short span of time solely happened with the untiring support of the volunteers who worked day and night ahead of the tournament. He also credited it to the wholesome support provided by Mr P Aravindan IPS.
Watch Louis Braille Trophy – Blindfold Cricket Tournament 2017 promo video here: