Bangalore: Shekar Naik, Prakash Jayaramaiah and S Ravi, the three players from Karnataka in the winning T20 World Cup for the Blind team will be presented with Rs 3 lac cash prize by the State Government. Announcing this at a felicitation of the Indian team at his residence, Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar also agreed to consider allotting a piece of land for a sports ground for the Blind Cricketers in response to a request from the T20 World Cup organizers, the Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled.
GK Mahantesh, Vice-President, World Blind Cricket Council (WBCC), Secretary, CAIB and Managing Trustee, along with Nagesh, Trustee of the Samarthanam Trust appreciated the Chief Ministerís gesture and acknowledged that the State Government had also released funds to the Trust for organizing the world cup. Mahantesh, who was accompanied by Rajendra, CEO, and Kishore Joseph, Corporate Communications, Head said they had also appealed to the CM to announce a separate grant for promotion of sports for the disabled just like it was the case in Gujarat. Baldev Krishna, IAS, Director, and MK Meena, Secretary, Department of Sports & Youth Services, also joined in felicitating the players and the organizers.
The Indian cricket fans disappointed with the performance of their cricket superstars had something to cheer today when hundreds of young supporters lustily cheered the Indian Blind T20 World Cup winners. Waving fans and placards, they accompanied the Indian Blind players led by captain Shekar Naik in an open jeep from the Movenpick Hotel to the Chief Ministerís residence.