Jafar Iqbal represents India in cricket. He was part of the team that lifted the World Cup in 2014 after having defeated Pakistan in the finals. And chances are, you are currently scratching your head trying to place him. That’s because Iqbal is part of the Indian blind cricket team.
In a video created by Milaap, a foundation currently raising funds to support the team, Iqbal talks about his love for cricket and the pride he feels when he represents the nation in international games. As a kid, his parents wouldn’t even let him play cricket because they were worried that he would get hurt. Despite having been born blind, he says he has always harboured a deep love for the game. “Don’t lose hope. If you love cricket, cricket will love you back,” he says.
And the game has certainly embraced him. This is Iqbal’s inspiring story:
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Milaap is currently working towards getting the funds for Iqbal and others in the team so they can participate in the T20 Blind Cricket World Cup. The team is being sponsored by the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI), the sporting wing of Samarthanam Trust for the Disabled, a non-profit organisation. Preparations for the big tournament will begin from January 5, 2017.
Want to help Iqbal and the rest of the team? Donate here.