LAHORE- The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given approval of affiliation of Pakistan-based Deaf International Cricket Council (DICC) with it, bringing a big honour for the country.

"The DICC got a place into the fold of the ICC after its executive committee approved granting affiliation at its recent meeting," Public Relation Officer of the DICC Zaheerud Din Babar said this here on Thursday. 

Pakistan's Abdul Salam is the chairman of the DICC and Zaheer is the second official of the body whose secretary Micheal Lombard is from South Africa. Salam also heads Pakistan Deaf Cricket Association (PDCA) with Zaheer manager of the association.

Zaheer said finally the ICC had recognised the efforts of the DICC for the cause of deaf cricket around the globe. "We have been working for years for the introduction and promotion of deaf cricket in different parts of the world and it is the result of our continuous efforts that today deaf cricket is popular in many countries as well as Pakistan," he added. 

"The PDCA is in forefront for promoting deaf cricket at home and we successfully held the Asia Cup last year and now we are preparing for hosting the Deaf World Cup this year," he stated.  Zaheer said the DICC delegation last month had a fruitful meeting with ICC cricket development manager Andy Hoob and briefed him on the organisational structure of the world deaf body and its efforts for the overall development of deaf cricket in different parts of the world.

"We also threw light on the efforts being made to host the World Cup in a befitting manner and ICC praised our efforts in this regard and assured it’s all out support for holding the mega event in a trend setting manner," Zaheer added.

He said the DICC and the PDCA were thankful to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for its support to deaf cricket and lending financial assistance for holding the Asia Cup.

"We are optimistic that the PCB will show the same gesture as far as hosting of the World Cup is concerned." The DICC official said they would be updating the ICC on the progress being achieved in the development of deaf cricket.