Rewards follow awards: Windfall awaits differently abled champions
MUMBAI: Good times await India's differently abled cricket team, which won the Differently-challenged World Series in England last month.
At a felicitation function of the team organised by the All India Cricket Association for Physically Challenged (AICAPC) at BKC here on Friday, Committee of Administrators (CoA) member and former India women's team captain Diana Edulji said that in a recent meeting in the capital, her committee had decided to honour the team with a cash award, though the amount hadn't been decided yet.
Minutes later, union minister for road transport and highways, Nitin Gadkari, who was the chief guest at the event, promised job opportunities and other facilities to the team, which is also known as 'Wadekar Warriors,' after former India captain Ajit Wadekar, who was one of the founders of AICAPC. Wadekar passed away last year, but his wife Rekha was present at the function.
"The players have to just concentrate on performing on the ground. Everything else is being looked after and we are seeing to it that these policy matters are framed in our constitution so that they cannot be changed after we are thrown out on October 22 if the elections happen (on time)," Edulji said.
The team, which beat England in the final by 36 runs, was led by Vikrant Keni and coached by former Mumbai wicketkeeper and coach Sulakshan Kulkarni. The side is set to play in a four-nation tournament in India in January. India is also supposed to host the next edition of Differently-challenged World Series, in January 2021.
Also present on the occasion was former India seamer Karsan Ghavri, who is one of the selectors of the team.