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Society for Special Persons速 SSP is established in March 2007. SSP mainly focuses on Accessible & Inclusive community for the Empowerment of people with Disabilities It is registered with Social Welfare Department under "Voluntary Social Welfare Agencies, Registration & Control Ordinance 1961.

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Report National Bank Wheelchair user Cricket Tournament 2013 Multan Pakistan Reported by: Fahad Bilal Program Manager, Society for Special Persons, Multan Sponsored by National Bank of Pakistan (Corporate Social ResponsibilityCSR)

Activity Title

National Bank Wheelchair user Cricket Tournament 2013 Cricket on Wheel

Date

2 to 3 March, 2013

Venue Chief Guest: Opening Ceremony Chief Guest: Closing Ceremony

Inzemam-ul- haq District Sports Ground Multan

Guest of Honor Facilitated by

Participants

Shiekh Tariq Rasheed (MNA) Mr.Tanveer Iqbal (Executive District Officer, Community Development), Multan Mahr Liaqat Hussain Seyal (General Manager operation) National Bank of Pakistan Multan. Society for Special Persons (SSP) with the support of National Bank of Pakistan Salahuddin Ghouri (Coordinator CSR Division Head office, Lion Muhammad Afzal Sipra (SSP BODs Member), Syed Ajaz Ahmad Shah (Chairman BODs), Seed ullah Khan (SSP BODs Member), Najamul Islam (President) Multan Crescent Lions Club, Mrs Tahira Najam (President Paradise Lioness Club), Shahnawaz

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Khan (SPO), Zahida Hameed (President-Society for Special Persons), Nadir Khan (Vice-President-Society for Special Persons), Asif Iqbal(GS-Society for Special Persons), Atif Shiekh (STEP), Abia akram (STEP), Dr Shahnawaz Munami (National Coordinator (CBID Network Pakistan), Mian Asim Zafar (Secretariat Coordinator CBID Network Pakistan), Ali Shabbar (STEP), Saaya Association (Team), Shafiq ur Reham (Milestone), Jawaid Raees (Disabled welfare Association), Khursheed Alam, Asad Ullah, Common people, representatives of NGO, businessmen, political figures and bank officials attended the tournament Mirpur Zebras, Mardan Panthers, Deer Eagles, Karachi Dolphins, Multan Tigers and Lahore Lions.

Teams

Background: 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.

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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.

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During the matches all the teams did their best. Under the heat of the game some players fell out of their wheelchairs to catch the ball. These matches were being monitored by independent sources who maintained the cricket scorebooks of all the matches. At the end District coordination officer Main Tanveer Iqbal , Mr. Mahr Liaqat Hussain Seyal (General Manager Operation) National Bank of Pakistan Multan, Salahuddin Ghouri (Coordinator CSR Division Head office, Lion Muhhammad Afzl Sipra (SSP BODs Member), Syed Ajaz Ahmad Shah (Chairman BODs), Seed ullah Khan (SSP BODs Member), distributed the certificates, Shields, cash awards among the players. The winning team captain Rizwan received the winning trophy while the captain of Mardan Panthers Heroes Asad ullah collected the runners-up trophy. Mr. Mahr Liaqat Hussain Seyal (General Manager Operation) National Bank of Pakistan Multan Said we will support such events and it is my pleasure to join you in this Cricket match and I enjoyed the wheelchair cricket and spirit of participants, Mr. District coordination officer Main Tanveer Iqbal while specking congratulated the winners and said that it was honor for him to grace the occasion. He assured the organizers to support them in future for holding such types of events; he also congratulated the organizers. Society for Special Person’s team (Multan Tigers) (Mr. Nadir Khan, Asif Iqbal, Fahad Bilal, Yasir Hameed, Rana arif) exchanged their views with media; they say that this tournament was an attempt to help persons with disabilities become independent people. 'Persons with disabilities are burden for their parents. When they see us playing cricket on wheelchairs, they get a message of motivation that they can also live like people without disabilities.’ They say that as players on wheelchairs, they have to face problems when they play matches in public grounds. Their major problem is accessibility. For instance, the washrooms are not accessible for them. Their wheelchairs don’t pass through the narrow doors of the washrooms. In addition, there is another problem with the condition of playing surface, which is grassy field. He says their wheel chairs don’t run smoothly on grass. The government should provide them with better cricket grounds where they can enjoy the game. He appreciates the role media played in reporting the tournament. President of Society for Special Persons Ms Zahida Hameed expressed his gratitude and thanked everyone for making NBWCT 2013 a memorable event. It was wonderful end of a magnificent day.

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