Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 6:

The Indian and New Zealand teams were accorded a warm welcome upon their arrival at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Odisha capital today.

With auspicious diyas and arathis, the players were welcomed by the officials from Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI), Cricket Association for the Visually Impaired Odisha (CAVI Odisha), and the Brand Ambassador for Cricket for the Blind in Odisha, famous Ollywood actor Sabyasachi Mishra.

The match will be played at the KIIT University stadium here tomorrow.

Indian team has won six out of seven matches they have played and placed second whereas the New Zealand Team is yet to open the account on the leaderboard. After arriving in Bhubaneshwar, the teams were driven to KIIT University in a procession through the city where the dignitaries and the team captains addressed the media.

“We are absolutely privileged to be hosting two wonderful teams in Odisha for the league match of the 2nd T20 World Cup Cricket for the Blind. We have always believed in an Inclusive society and equal opportunities for all which drives us to support special causes and help meet their needs. On behalf of the Sports and Youth Services Department, I wish both the teams good luck ahead of their match tomorrow,” Vishal K Dev, Commissioner and Secretary, Sports & Youth Services Department said.

Popular Ollywood actor Sabyasachi Mishra present during the welcome ceremony said: “A warm welcome to the New Zealand Blind Caps and the Indian cricket team to Odisha. It feels great playing host to both the sides here at Bhubaneshwar. I wish the teams all the very best for their match tomorrow. I once again appeal to the people of Bhubaneshwar to come and watch the match in huge numbers, there cannot be a greater way to support the cause of cricket for the visually impaired. I am personally going to be at the venue grounds for the entire match.”