ISLAMABAD - Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) cricket team will play T20 match against Pakistan Disabled Sports Association (PDSA) on December 3 to mark World Disabled Day at National Cricket ground.

ICCI acting president M Shakeel Munir said as he had promised to support PDSA in the best possible manner and in this regard he had recommended few disabled players to be sponsored by the ICCI and on the return of the president from US, ICCI would announce these names and would also finalise the ICCI Sports committee.

Shakeel said they were also planning to hold a summer training camp for ICCI member kids where top national cricketers would impart training on youth. “We would also organize annual family cricket gala at National cricket ground next month and also play a cricket match against RISJA.” On suggestion of this scribe to invite chamber teams from different countries for sports competition, Shakeel lauded the idea and promised to work on these lines too.

Shakeel said they were also planning a meeting with CDA chairman to discuss allocation of a plot where ICCI could construct multi-purpose stadium and initial talks on this plan had already been discussed with the CDA.

Shakeel lamented the lack of sporting activities at in educational institutes and held it reason for declining fortunes of Pakistan sports and urged the concerned authorities to revive the sporting culture in schools and colleges. He said they were also planning to hold All-Pakistan Chamber cricket tournament early next year and ICCI sports committee would be empowered to not only work on this idea but also give suggestions on various sports events, which would be conducted on ICCI platform round the year. He also vowed to provide monthly stipends to bright players of Rawalpindi, Islamabad as well as of allocating a special grant for the disabled players.

“We are also planning to organise Asia Cup for the physically handicapped players and are in negotiations with Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and South Africa  We have offered to conduct the event in Pakistan but if someone comes up with different idea and wanted to host the event, we are ready to participate in that event where ever they decided to conduct as we just want to provide a solid platform to disabled players where they could showcase their abilities.”