Saaya Association Islamabad
Disabled Welfare Association, Karachi
Milestone Society for the Special Persons, Lahore
Under the umbrella of CBID Network, Pakistan
History of Sports for Persons with Disabilities in Pakistan
It is said that the 15% of the total population of Pakistan is disabled persons and this marginalized community still suffers lack of facilitation and proper knowledge of managing lives with disability. In Pakistan, the issue of disability has remained neglected and ignored from all aspects which includes administrative, financial and legal. Persons with disabilities (PWDs) are the most marginalized because they are ‘unseen, unheard and uncounted’ in the country.
Participation in sports comes way after the basic needs, hence in general persons with disability are not considered healthy enough to participate in any outdoor sports. Few people like Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) are still struggling to make amends in the mindset of communities in general by showcasing the talent of PWDs by organizing the sports events.
The purpose of such activities is to elaborate and demonstrate
Organizing committee meeting
6thAll Pakistan National Bank Tournament organized by Saaya Association, Disabled Welfare Organization and Milestone Society under the umbrella of CBID network for the SpecialPersons at Jinnah Stadium Sports Complex Islamabad. Eight teams from different cities of the country including two women teams have participated in the event and received a warm welcome on 23rd April 2015.
The organizing committee meeting was observed on the similar day morning. In this session, captains from each team participated to draw the rules for the good of the game; the rules for the wheelchair cricket were fixed and mutually agreed. The belief was refreshed,that people with disabilities aren’t patients, but rather the experts of their own care, and it istheir human right to have the same choices and freedoms as any non-disabled counterparts.
Schedule of the event
|23rd April, 2015Welcome dinner and Musical GALA night|
|25th April, 2015 Semifinal, final & closing ceremony|
|26th April, 2015 First ever T20 wheelchair user’s cricket series|
|24th April, 2015 Opening ceremony and league matches|
|Wheelchair cricket teams participated:|
|Pool A||Pool B|
|Special Achievement:Two women teams with the entire wheelchair user’s players have participated in this kind of event for the first time in the history of the world.|
Welcome Dinner and Musical GALA Night
A heartily welcome dinner along with music festivity was organized by the organizing committee where representatives from the national assembly, INGOs, NGOs and civil servants participated. All the teams and their official were present and enjoyed the dinner with musical performances from different local well-tuned musical figure. Mian Asim Zafar (CBID National Secretariat) introduced the participants to the dignities from respectable departments and other entities, participating teams and made them understand the history of wheelchair cricket in Pakistan and need of its promotion at government level for the healthy community with equal opportunities of life.
Speaking on the Occasion Dr. Shahnawaz Munami, National Coordinator Community Based Inclusive Development (CBID) Network said that we have to facilitate persons with disabilities instead of discriminating them as good for nothing stuff, he said that with use of little help from assistive devices we can step forward towards inclusion and acceptance, these people can play if only provided with wheelchairs, so life in general needs management not pity or exclusion. He also condemned the code of conduct adopted for Team Karachi by ShaheenAirways and not letting them on board because of some issues with wheelchairs boarding without any prior notification.
Other eminent figures like Dr. Shahnawaz Munami (National Coordinator CBID), Muneera Abbas (Joint secretory Law & justice commission), Zamurd Khan (Former MNA), Rizwan umerGondalSP City Islamabad, MustafianKazmi (member environment CDA), Dr. Imam Baig (Country head CBM), Ajmal Khan (Regnal Director CBM), Sohail Khan (CEO Chef international), Fazal ur Rehman (Past district governor Rotary club),Breig (R) Zafar Imtiaz, Imran Nazir Rana (Executive director LCDDP),Raheel Kamran Sheikh (Lawyer and son of famous Pakistani advocate in the Supreme Court, Akram Sheikh)Farhat Abbas (Chief editor, Pakistan Special), M. Ali (Flight lieutenant)and captions of cricket teams expressed their views. The players were very enthusiastic, not only because of the grandness of this event. But also for the fact that Quetta, D.G Khan and women’s team participated first time ever in this kind of sports activities.
The aim and spirit was unanimous that, the lives with disabilities need attention so that the goal to achieve barrier free, right based and inclusive society can become a reality for all. The honorable guests presented the team captions with flowers and kits for the cricket matches. Cake cutting ceremony in the presence of all the distinguished guests and participants was a delightful thing for all present at the occasion. The music gala arrangements and performances on stage have won the hearts of audience and made the whole evening even more memorable.
Inaurgation ceremony and League Matches
The formal Wheelchair Cricket tournament started on 24thApril, 2015 morning, the 8 team had to play in the form of a pool of two. One pool comprises of four teams and they have to play three matches in total according to the schedule. All these matches were planned to be played in the Jinnah Stadium premises. The eight teams played12 matches all in allto compete for the semifinals.
A match between two women teams was played for the very first time in the history of the country. They have been divided in to group A and B with equal number of players.
The Inauguration ceremony during matches was observed where honorable parliamentarians, members of British council, USA embassy personals have graced and spoke on the occasion. All of them appreciated the efforts of the organizers and committed there, that they will be organizing and promoting such wonderful right based events for persons with disabilities in whole country for the promotion of equality and dignity of persons with disabilities.
Each match was comprised of five overs in total. The duration of one match was about 45 minutes, it was pre fixed by the organizing committee so that 12 matches can be played in a single day as the next day (25th April, 2015) was fixed for Semifinal and Final as well. Five matches were played in a row with a Jumma prayer break and followed to an end with remaining seven matches. A single match was played between two women teams first time ever in the history of these events.
The four teams won maximum of their matches and were following each other on the score board.Theseteams did well in the league matches and compete for semifinals. Mardan team faced Multan, where Karachi played against Saaya (Islamabad)team.
The lunch and refreshment were served in mess of the Sports complex and we are thankful to the partners who made it happen in the best possible way.
The Final Match between Islamabad & Mardan teams
All the 8 teams and the two women teams gathered on this one platform from all over the country, played brilliant cricket but amongst the men’s teams two had to be selected to play the Final on 25th April, 2015.Mardan Team and Saaya Association team from Islamabad made maximum points on the score board and made their position to final.
The Final match was mush awaited event of this tournament and it was watched by a huge crowd including dignities from Parliamentarians, INGOs, NGOs representatives and Civil Servants from the Government.
It was five overs match where Saaya team won the toss and decided to bat first, skipper after winning the toss opted to bat first in 6-overs a side final. Thanks to man of the series Sher Ali, who remained unbeaten after scoring stylish 51, Islamabad posted 89 without loss in allotted overs. Chasing a huge target, Mardan could only score 75-2. Mardan required 23 runs in the last over but could only score nine runs.Adnan remained their top scorer with 27.
In the female match, B team batting first scored 28 runs in 2 overs while A team could score 26 in as many overs,Zainab top scored for winners with 14.
The three days festivity met a happy ending with the closing ceremony where Chief Guests, Mr. MushahidUllah Khan (Federal Minister for climate change, senator) distributed shields, prizes & souvenirs among Persons with Disabilities.
The dignities include NGOs, INGOs and Govt Officials who have graced the occasion. Dr. Akhter Nawaz Ganjera (Director General sports, Pakistan sports board), Ghulam Muhammad (Coordinator NBP) and Christopher (CSR Manager) from National Bank Pakistan (NBP), Mr. Jameel Hashmi (SP Islamabad), Air Commodore Mr. Farooq, Mr. MustafainKazmi (Member environment CDA) and Breig (R) Zafar Imtiazwere also amongst the honorable guests, distributed prizes among the team players for their good performance and certificate of appreciation were distributed among the organizers and umpires of this historical event.
Islamabad team lifted the Winning Trophy and Mardan lifted the Runner Up. The women disability teams were also appreciated and received their prizes.
The winning team has earned a cash prize worth Rs. 50,000/- while the runner up team received an amount of Rs. 25,000/- cash prize. Sher Ali was announced the Man of Series for his best performance in each match he played, and he received a cash prize of five thousand.
The dignities that have graced this three days event and boost the morale of the participants and the organizing committee included:
|Mr. MushahidUllah Khan (Federal Minister for climate change, senator)||Dr. Shahnawaz Munami (National Coordinator CBID Network)||Dr.ImamYarBaig(Country head,CBM)|
|Dr. Akhtar Nawaz Gangera(Director General, Pakistan Sports board)||Mr. Ghulam (Coordinator National Bank)||MuneeraAbbasi(Joint secretory Law & Justice commission of Pakistan)|
|MustafainKazmi(Member environment,CDA)||Sohail Khan (CEO, CHEF international)||Raheel Kamran Sheikh (Barrister)|
|Fazal ur Rehman(Past district governor Rotary club)||Imran Nazir (Executive director,LCDDP)||Farhat Abbas(Chief editor, Pakistan Special)|
|Ajmal Khan(Director,CBM)||Munazza Gillani (Country director, Sight savers)||Christopher (Manager CSR, National Bank Pakistan)|
|Jamil Hashmi (SP Islamabad)||Rizwan UmerGondal(SP City Islamabd)||Major Farooq(Air Commodore)|
|Breig (R) Zafar Imtiaz|
Outcome of the event