History will be in the making as the first ball is bowled at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on 2 September 2015. 

The first-ever international cricket tournament for people with physical disabilities kicks off tomorrow with hosts Bangladesh taking on England in the opening match.

The captain of Bangladesh National Cricket Team, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, is the brand ambassador of the 5-nation tournament organized by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Bangladesh delegation. Teams from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan will also be competing for the winning title over this 9-day long tournament.

The ICRC International T20 Cricket Tournament for people with physical disabilities promises to give wings to the dreams of so many who are committed and determined to overcome obstacles in their lives and take the leap. It aims to help reduce stigma and discrimination associated with disability through sports, especially cricket, as it helps transform community attitudes about persons with disabilities highlighting their skills and aptitudes.

The T20 matches scheduled on and after September 3 as well as the closing ceremony of the tournament will be held at Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP).

The event is being organised in close partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Bangladesh Cricket Board and BKSP.

Read the full itinerary and follow the Facebook page for more on how players are gearing up for the challenge.



More on ICRC’s work on social inclusion through sports:

It’s all in the game: Sports can help remove the ‘distinction of disability’

‘Whistles and claps can do magic for players’ confidence…’

Coach Spins Wheels of Hope and Change