CABI – Cricket Association for the Blind in India is the Apex Body Governing, Organizing and Developing Cricket for the Blind in India and has 24 State Associations and over 25,000 Players affiliated at various domestic level tournaments in India. CABI is affiliated to World Blind Cricket Ltd (WBC) and Indian Paralympic Committee and is the Cricketing Arm and Initiative of Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled.
CABI organizes tournaments at District, State, Zonal and National levels. It helps the local bodies to organize local level tournaments to spot talent, develop teams of coaches, physiotherapists, trainers, umpires and other team support personnel.
CABI is also working on increasing awareness on Cricket for the Blind. By promoting the game, CABI believes that it will be a great inspiration for the visually impaired population of the country and a reminder that the real disability is only in the mind and nothing is impossible. This attitude shift required in their lives is achievable through Cricket for the Blind and eventually would help them integrate into mainstream, for which the Success of this World Cup and a large visibility as one of its attributes assumes paramount importance.
CABI was conferred the responsibility of organizing First ever T-20 World Cup and the outcome was appreciated by public and media. The association is looking forward to further support from various quarters and for improved execution of Cricket Championships every year.
CABI is the cricketing arm and Initiative of Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, a National Award winning NGO, working towards facilitating opportunities to enable people with disabilities and the underserved to keep pace with the rest of the society by providing quality education, accommodation, nutritious food, vocational training and placement based rehabilitation.
As Sports was one of the major initiatives at Samarthanam, the organization took over the responsibility of organizing Cricket Tournaments for the Blind in 2010. Consequently ‘Cricket Association for Blind in India’ (CABI) was formed.
Cricket veterans like Dilip Vengserkar, Syed Kirmani , Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Ashwin, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Chris Gayle, Arjuna Ranathunga and Adam Gilchrist extent their support for Cricket for the Blind.
CABI strongly believes that visually challenged too have all the right to be a part of sporting glory. Cricket for the Blind is a magnificent display of how the visually challenged triumph over all challenges of life and channel it through cricket. All through the journey of taking cricket for the blind to greater heights, CABI is grateful for all the support and encouragement received from various verticals. We seek further unfaltering support from one and all to keep the game on the go!