From signs to stumps: Tamil Nadu’s deaf cricket team bats for scores and support sans silence

ByRoshne Balasubramanian

Published Sep 26, 2023 | 10:40 AM Updated Sep 26, 2023 | 10:40 AM

In India, where cricket is revered as a religion, supporters often reserve their enthusiasm for mainstream matches. However, in the world of deaf cricket, the players compete in empty stadiums. There is a lack of cheer or signs of support. Yet, the Tamil Nadu Deaf Cricket team’s aspirations remain crystal clear — they seek an equal playing field.

Sai Akash, a 26-year-old cricketer from Tamil Nadu, leads this silent yet unstoppable team as the captain.

Currently, they are actively competing at the 7th IDCA T20 National Cricket Championship for the Deaf in Bhubaneshwar. Akash will assume the role of vice-captain for the national team in the upcoming T20 World Cup in Qatar this December.

He emphasises the need for support from various entities, including the Tamil Nadu state government, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), BCCI, sponsors, and the general public.

For those interested in sponsoring the Tamil Nadu deaf cricket team, contact them via email at tnadc2022@gmail.com or call +91 6381345243.

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