IndusInd Bank launches ‘World Champions Programme - Cricket for the Blind’

From Left John David General Secretary CABI, Sanjeev Anand Head Commercial Banking and in-charge of sports vertical, Paul Abraham COO IndusInd Bank, Mahantesh GK, CABI President and Malatesh GK Director CABI with IndusInd Indian Blind Cricket Team for the upcoming second T20 World Cup for the Blind 2017 to be hosted by India in Jan and Feb 2017.

L-R: Sanjeev Anand Head CommercialBanking and in-charge of sports vertical, Mahantesh GK, CABI President and PaulAbraham COO IndusInd Bank signing an MoU in Mumbai for World ChampionsProgramme – Cricket for the Blind wherein  the Bank willbe supporting the Indian Blind Cricket Team

Mumbai, December 22, 2016: IndusInd Bank announces the launch of the ‘World Champions Programme - Cricket for the Blind’, in partnership with Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) - Sports Initiative of Samarthanam Trust for the Disabledto aid the Indian Blind Cricket Team in their quest for sporting glory. Under the World Champions Programme – Cricket for the Blind, the Bank will be supporting the Indian Blind Cricket Team, consisting of 26 players that will represent India at domestic and international tournaments. Further, the IndusInd Bank World Champions Programme- Cricket for the Blind, will organise year-long cricketing events, in association with CABI. This will include the T20 World Cup for the blind and partially-sighted to be held from January 28, 2017 in India. As part of the programme, IndusInd Bank will provide all support and infrastructure required, to participate and perform at the highest level, to the players. Under the programme, the team would undergo rigourous training workshops and camps. The Bank will also provide logistical support to the players, as they travel across the country, to share their success stories and encourage other visually-impaired youngsters to take up the sport. The programme will also work towards nurturing talent while promoting cricket among the visually challenged. IndusInd Bank COO Paul Abraham said, “The objective of the IndusInd Bank World Champions Programme- Cricket for the Blind, is to groom the talent and support cricket among the visually challenged. We will help the players surpass their capabilities and cross new boundaries by providing them with necessary infrastructure. We hope this will encourage them and other budding cricket enthusiasts to overcome their disability and play for the country.” IndusInd Bank Head, Commercial Banking and in-charge of Sports vertical, Sanjeev Anand said, “Cricket transcends age, culture, geography, language, economic status and even disability. The passion for the sport extends to the visually impaired who are equally committed to the game and have overcome great odds to be a part of this championship. We are proud to be associated with this team of passionate and dedicated cricketers and support them in their quest for success and glory. They symbolise the triumph of the human spirit.”

CABI President MahanteshGKnoted, "We truly value ourpartnership with IndusInd Bank which will help us enhance our services towardscricket for the blind. We are immensely glad for the association and we believethat it would further our efforts for providing the cricket players withimproved facilities. The support provided will help us increase our reach andabsorb more cricket enthusiasts fostering their career in cricket."

Earlier, IndusInd Bank had successfully launched a similarchampions programme for para-athletes under its ‘IndusInd for Sports’ verticaland has also partnered with Madhya Pradesh government to nurture talent inrifle shooting, especially from economically modest background. 

The ‘IndusInd for Sports’ vertical was set up in April 2016to partner with professional athletes, amateur athletes, weekend athletes andanyone who wishes to bring sport into their lives. It aims to integrate sportinto the DNA of the Bank, its customers as well as its employees.                

Final 17 Member IndusIndIndian Team for the 2nd T-20 WorldCup for the Blind  

1.            I AjayKumar Reddy        Captain B2           Andhra Pradesh

2.            PrakashaJayaramaiah     Vice-Captain B3                Karnataka

3.            DeepakMalik    B3           Haryana

4.            RambirSingh      B3           Haryana

5.            SukhramMajhi  B3           Odisha

6.            T DurgaRao        B3           Andhra Pradesh

7              Sunil R   B3           Karnataka

8.            DVenkateswara Rao      B2           Andhra Pradesh

9.            GaneshbhaiIshwarbhaiMuhundkar         B2           Gujarat

10.          Md. Faisal            B2           UttarPradesh

11.          Md. Farhan         B2           Kerala

12.          KetanbhaiBabubhaiPatel             B1           Gujarat

13.          Md. JafarIqbal  B1           Odisha

14.          SonuGolkar        B1           MadhyaPradesh

15.          GoluKunar          B1           Jharkhand

16.          Anish Beg            B1           Maharastra

17.          Prem KumarG  B1           AndhraPradesh

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