The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) organized a T20 cricket tournament for people with physical disabilities (PwD) to overcome the stigma associated with physical disabilities and create new opportunities.
The tournament started on Sunday and will continue until Wednesday. Six local cricket teams made up of people with disabilities will participate in the tournament, namely Gopalganj Sporting Club, Dhaka, Hope for Disability Cricket Team, Dhaka, DDF Physical Challenge Cricket Team, B. Baria, Sylhet Physical Challenge Cricket Team, Sylhet, Tufan Physical Challenge Sporting Club, Satkhira and Unisurv Disabled Cricket Team, Cumilla.
The ICRC has been engaged in sports activities for people with disabilities in Bangladesh since 2013 to transform community attitudes towards these people by showcasing their abilities.
The international NGO believes that sport can help reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with disabilities and can transform community attitudes towards people with disabilities by reducing the tendency to see the disability rather than the person.
The ICRC organized the first-ever international cricket tournament for people with disabilities in 2015. Five countries participated in the tournament while the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) supported the initiative.