ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Disabled Sports Association (PDSA) secretary Nasir Mehmood Chaudhry announced to conduct national disabled cricket championship by the end of November, in which eight teams from across the country will take part.

Talking to The Nation, Nasir said: “We took six months just to finalise full schedule of events, which will be conducting at PDSA platform throughout the year. We could have started different activities from our platform some three months back, but we decided to hold plans till each and every event is finalized. We are very grateful to Shahtaj Group for sponsoring and shouldering lime share of burden for such a noble cause.”

“It was my mission to start once again work on providing respectable ways and means to the persons who deserve the most. These physically handicapped players are not lesser than normal players. It is my firm belief they are more talented and able than the normal ones. I have joined Pakistan Cricket Association for Physically Handicapped (PCAPH) with purpose of helping such deserving people and with the help of friends of Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), we turned that unknown association into the most recognisable body of the country. We provided handicapped players countless opportunities to showcase their skills both at national and international level, but after sensing few certain individuals had hijacked the association and had personal agendas, we parted way from them,” he said.

“The very first event from the PDSA's platform will be cricket match between PDSA team and Rawalpindi-Islamabad Sports Journalists Association (RISJA) team, which will be held at National cricket ground in the third week of this month. After cricket match, national championship of disabled teams will be conducted later this month, which will continue for a week or so and we will try to convince PCB chairman Shahryar Khan to grace the final as chief guest. His presence will be a great boost for the PDSA and the players,” Nasir added.

He said: “We have also decided to conduct disabled snooker and badminton championships later this month or early next month, in which we are expecting around 100 players’ participation in different categories. Former ICCI president Baser Daud will head the badminton organising committee, while snooker committee will be headed by ICCI vice president M Ashfaq Chatha. We have constituted 10-member board of governors of PDSA, and every member has very kindly agreed to pay a very reasonable monthly fund so we may run the affairs of the association in smooth fashion. It is my request to philanthropists to step forward to help us in this noble cause. We will make our accounts available on website to ensure complete transparency of funds.”

“We have formed this association to provide justice to handicapped players who are suffering long at the hands of so-called sports promoters. After the successful conduct of first few events, we will announce a round the year calendar, in which all the sports will be given space and conducted accordingly,” he added.  “I am hopeful justice will be done with the handicapped players and they will earn bread and butter for their families in respectable manner,” Nasir concluded.