Stonehill International School Hosts the First-Ever Test Match in Wheelchair Cricket
In collaboration with Divyaang Myithri Sports Academy, Stonehill International School hosted a two-day 2-day cricket match for the Karnataka Wheelchair Cricket Team
Stonehill International School in collaboration with Bengaluru-based NGO Divyaang Myithri Sports Academy successfully hosted the first-ever test match in wheelchair cricket on 13th and 14th November. The two-day event witnessed participation from players across Karnataka.
Opening new doors of opportunities for the talented players, the cricket test match was played between the Karnataka Wheelchair A team and the Karnataka Wheelchair B team. The Karnataka Wheelchair A team won the game by 13 wickets and would now participate in an upcoming tournament against the Andhra Pradesh team between the 10th and 13th of December in Bengaluru. The winning team’s best players, Harish Kumar NB scored 198 runs with a striking 31 4s and 3 6s and Tippeswamy Madival scored 98 runs with 14 4s and 4 6s.
Speaking about the tournament, Mr. Brian Brumsickle, Head of School, Stonehill International School, said, “At Stonehill, we are conscious of our students’ participation in society, making sure everybody has the same opportunities to participate in every aspect of life to the best of their abilities. We were happy to support the Karnataka Wheelchair Cricket Team by hosting this event.”
One of TCFM’s (Technique Control Facility Management Pvt. Ltd) employees named Manjunath had also participated in the match. Despite his disability due to polio, his passion for cricket introduced him to Divyaang Myithri Sports Academy. He has participated in one national tournament, six domestic tournaments, and the first test match in wheelchair cricket in India and has received the best bowler, man of the match and many notable contributions that led him to be a part of the India A team.
“This would not have been possible without the support of Stonehill International School and The Embassy Group. Our players enjoyed playing at Stonehill. The grounds were of international standards with wheelchair accessibility. We have been successful in breaking all notions of wheelchair cricket, the first of its kind, thereby creating history,” said a representative from Divyaang Myithri Sports Academy.
In India, wheelchair cricket is being played around for many years however, a formal recognition to the sport was given only in 2012 with the inception of the Wheelchair Cricket India team. It was international para-athlete and national awardee Pradeep Raj who laid the foundation for Wheelchair Cricket India (WCI).