Ganesh Singh and Oliver Kerr – seeking to earn selection on regional team
Individuals, once referred to as disabled, have debunked those views and are now performing able bodied tasks just as efficiently as their unaffected counterparts. This is true not only in life’s normal activities but also in the sporting arena.
To this extent, two individuals that would have easily been written off as useless have perfected their art in the cricket arena to such an extent that they have been awarded meritorious places among the elite in the cricket fraternity.
Oliver Kerr and Ganesh Singh, the two individuals in question, have recently been selected by the administrators of the West Indies Cricket Council for the Blind (WICCB) to participate in a training camp in Jamaica scheduled to get underway from July 16-23 next.
The two players are the only Guyanese to merit selection in the 25 member squad currently preparing to represent the West Indies in the World Blind Cricket 20/Twenty Cup tournament scheduled for Bangalore, India sometime in December.
Kaieteur Sport spoke with the two players at the headquarters of the Guyana Blind Institute, High Street Georgetown and they said that they are honoured to have earned a spot on the training squad. Players are placed in one of three categories based on their visual abilities. The B1 category comprises those players that are totally blind, while the B2 category is that of the partially sighted. B3 category is for those players that are partially blind. The two selectees are grouped in the B1 category. They have indicated that they would be practicing diligently in order to clinch a spot on the final squad.
They are no strangers to the sport, having been involved since the inclusion of blind players within the fraternity in 2006. Both players had participated in the inaugural tournament.
Mr. Singh said that they are presently engaged in stiff training in the gym, for strengthening exercises and also on the field where they engage in cricket matches.
One of their major bugbears is the acquisition of adequate funds to offset expenses relating to preparations and both players are appealing to members of the corporate community for assistance in this department.
Those interested in contributing to this venture may contact Mr. Singh at the Blind Institute or on telephone #226-4496.