Ajay Kumar Reddy Interview: Pakistan has it worse than India when it comes to cash shortages. However, when it comes to the national blind cricket team of the neighbouring country, the men in green fare far better than their Indian counterparts, who, despite a string of international victories, do not receive even a meagre stipend.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) recognises and funds the Pakistani team, and contracted players are paid, according to players who spoke with The Print. The Indian team, on the other hand, has a much better track record but is not officially recognised by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI), and most members are struggling to survive.
This is despite the fact that the team has won two one-day international (ODI) World Cups, one Asia Cup, three consecutive T20 World Cups, the most recent of which will be held in 2022, and numerous bilateral and trilateral international series.
Ajay Kumar Reddy, India’s blind cricket captain, revealed to The Print that the members do not have salaried contracts because the team is not affiliated with the BCCI. Besides, sponsorships are limited, and the government provides little meaningful assistance or recognition. “Eleven of the seventeen players are unemployed,” he added. Under Reddy’s captaincy, India has won two T20 World Cups.