ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Cricket Association for Physically Handicapped feels proud after successfully organising the series with Indian Physically Handicapped cricket team, Pakistan Cricket Association for Physically Handicapped chairman Syed Abbas Hashmi said this in the Aiwan-i-Waqt forum organised at Nawa-i-Waqt House on Tuesday.

“If the government and our worthy sponsors continue to assist, we will soon be able to bring laurels for the country at international level,” he said.

PCAPH Director and member governing board M Ishfaq Chatta, Director Development and Planning Nasir Mehmood Chaudhry, Coordinator Rawalpindi/Islamabad M Naveed, Director Domestic Cricket Saeed Ahmed Bhatti, PCAPH secretary Waqar Ahmed Khan and Director Operations Syed Aamir Ali were also present on the occasion.

He said: “I took the initiative in 2006 and formed PCAPH and in a short span of time we were able to host series with India, we had also organised cricket matches in different cities. We don't take funds directly but sponsors take care of our affairs that is why our system is running very smoothly and transparently.”

Speaking at the occasion, PCAPH Director Development and Planning Nasir Mehmood Chaudhry said: “We are thankful to our vice chairman Raja Imran and Advisor to PM on Interior Rehman Malik for their unconditional support and helped us in issuing NOC for Indian team in 1 day.”

PCAPH coordinator M Naveed said: “International teams were reluctant to tour Pakistan but we brought India and proved that Pakistan is completely safe for all kinds of sporting activities and the people love their sporting heroes and give respect to all teams.”

Saeed Bhatti said: “The positive impact of Indian Handicapped team’s visit to Pakistan would start soon as we have won the hearts and minds of the players and people of India. They have invited us for a return series and we would travel to India in September/October to play at Fareedabad.”

PCAPH Director and member planning board Ishfaq Chatta said: “Great credit goes to handicap cricketers of both Pakistan and India who without any fear of hot and humid weather played in truly friendly atmosphere. There are a lot of financial restrains. We don't have our own playing ground and we appeal to CDA Chairman Farkhand Iqbal to allocate a piece of land for handicap cricketers as early as possible so we could continue our activities there.”

Speaking at the occasion, PCAPH secretary Waqar Ahmed said: “We would soon organise a SAARC cricket tournament for physically handicapped persons and Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan had already formed Handicapped associations for it. It is our request to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Chaudhry Zaka Ashraf to give us affiliation.”

“We would play our role in providing jobs to handicap persons in government and private sectors,” he concluded.