Indian team is set to play in the first 2019 Physical Disability World Cricket Series which will be held in England. The tournament, organised by the England and the Wales Cricket Board, will be held at Worcestershire from 3 to 13 August. The Indian team landed in the UK along with support staff, team coach Sulakshan Kulkarni and captain Vikrant Keni. The high-spirited cricketers are determined to win the Natwest Physical Disability T20 World Series as a tribute to late Padma Shri Ajit Wadekar.
The team will have conditioning camp in London to acclimatize themselves with the English weather till 1 August. They will then travel to Worcestershire, where they would play warm-up games on 3 and 4 August, before beginning of tournament on 5 August. India will play its first game on 6 August against England, while on 9 August it is scheduled to play against its arch rival Pakistan.
The announcement was made by the All India Cricket Association For The Physically Challenged (AICAPC) in presence of BCCI general manager (cricket operations) Saba Karim and legendary batsman Dilip Vengsarkar, on the birth anniversary of former India skipper Ajit Wadekar, who died last year. Karim clarified that the BCCI has only given recognition to the AICAPC. In 1988, the AICAPC was founded in Mumbai, by Wadekar in association with The Fellowship of the Physically Handicapped. AICAPC is the apex body in India for promoting cricket among all the categories of the disabled persons. AICAPC conducts cricket tournaments for the physically challenged person at local, regional, national as well international level.