Cricket is a unique bat-and-ball game played mostly in the in the Commonwealth of Nations. In Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, people are fond of cricket. When there are cricket tournaments in the region, the cricket-mania is high among people. One sees children playing in the grounds and on the streets as well on Sundays.
National Bank Wheelchair Cricket Tournament 2013 (NBWCT) is one of the efforts to change people’s attitude towards Persons with Disabilities and to close the gap between the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and the society. This would help people know about the talent of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and bring them out of their isolation. NBWCT was organized by Society for Special Persons, on 2-3 March, 2013 Tournament with the support of National Bank of Pakistan in Inzamam ul Haq District Sport Ground Multan.
Proceedings National bank wheelchair user cricket tournament was held in district sports ground by the Society for special persons. Six teams from all over the country take part in this event.
There were six teams in total that came in colored kits and competed for the trophy:
Mirpurkhas Zebras, Mardan Panthers, Deer Eagles, Karachi Dolphins, Multan Tigers and Lahore Lions. Teams were separated in two groups. In group A were the host team Multan, Deer and Mirpurkhas and in group B were Lahore Karachi and Mardan included. Opening
ceremony was started on Saturday 2 march at 9:00 am by the honorable guest Mr.Tariq rasheed M.N.A. Pakistan Muslim league N.
At the first day of the tournament in opening match host Multan played beautifully and defeated Karachi by 73 runs. Multan win the toss and played first and score 113 runs in 6 over on the loss of one wicket and Karachi wee defeated on just 37 runs In second match, Lahore defeated Mirpur khas by 5 wickets. By bating first Mirpurkhas scores 72 runs on the loss of 7 wickets. By playing beautifully Lahore chases the target on the loss of five wickets. In the third match of the tournament Deer and Karachi teams were against each other. In which Karachi easily defeated Deer. The target of 71 runs given by the Deer, Karachi easily chased on the loss of 3 wickets.
The most interesting match was played between Mardan and Mirpurkhas . Which was decided on the last ball of the match on the favor of Mardan . Mirpur scored 84 on batting first . After Exciting competition Mardan take out Mirpurkhas from competition. In next match, host Multan defeated Deer and put out it from competition and qualified for semi final. Deer wins the toss and scores 57 on batting first . And Multan chases the target without any loss.
At the last match of the day, Lahore defeated Mardan by 9 wickets. Mardan scores 68 runs on batting first and Lahore team chase the target on the loss of one wicket. So that, Lahore Mardan, Multan and Karachi qualified for semi finals . First semi final was held on 3 March in which Mardan and Multan come face to face against each other. In which Mardan upset the tournament by defeating favorite Multan by 42 runs. On batting first Mardan scores 132 runs in 8 over. In return, Multan only scores 90 runs.
In second semi final, Karachi bats first and scores 71 runs. Lahore chases the target on the loss of 6 wickets, and qualifies for the final of the tournament. The final match of the tournament was between Lahore and Mardan. Lahore wins the toss and decided to bat first and scores 128 runs in 8 over. In return Mardan team fights back beautifully but don’t succeed in the match. And only score 120 runs. In this way Lahore wins the national bank wheelchair user cricket tournament 2013 by 8 runs. The batsmen tried to score as many runs as they could. They tried to send the ball to the boundary and to the spaces in the grassy field where there were no fielders. The bowlers tried to hit the stumps with their bowling maneuvers. They used their fingers dexterously to spin and swing the ball.