Blind World Cup: Bangladesh concede 9-wicket defeat against Pakistan

Blind World Cup: Bangladesh concede 9-wicket defeat against Pakistan

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Dhaka – Bangladesh made a frustrating start in the six-nation Blind Cricket World Cup with a nine-wicket defeat against hosts Pakistan in the opening match at the famous Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Monday.Sent in to bat first, Bangladesh scored 207 runs for the loss of six wickets in stipulated 40 overs with Arifullah making 57 runs.In reply, hosts Pakistan, riding on unbeaten 145 runs by Badar Munir, easily reached their target scoring 210 runs for the loss of one wicket in only 17 overs.Later, Badar Munir was adjudged man of the match.Bangladesh will play their next match against Nepal on Wednesday in Faisalabad.The tournament includes teams from cricket-playing nations such as Australia, England and India. However, only teams from Bangladesh and Nepal agreed to play in Pakistan while matches with other countries are scheduled to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).The Pakistan Blind Cricket Council was forced to change the schedule of the World Cup after the Indian government earlier refused to grant permission to its team to travel to Pakistan for the matches.India and Pakistan will face off in Ajman, UAE on January 12. The final of the tournament will be held on January 19 in Sharjah.India and Pakistan’s senior cricket teams have not played a bilateral series since 2013 because of the tense political climate.However, Pakistan’s blind cricket team travelled to India for last year’s inaugural Twenty20 World Cup that was won by the host nation.UNB news agency

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