Excelsior Sports Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 7: Kotak Mahindra Bank (Kotak) and Blind Welfare Organisation (BWO), today announced the dates of the National Blind Cricket Tournament being held from January 11 to January 13, 2017 at Mumbai.
National Blind Cricket Tournament, running in its seventh year, has brought some of the most skilful cricketers from nooks and corners of India to the fore.
This year, eight state teams including Gujarat, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab,Rajasthan and West Bengal will participate in this tournament.
Uday Kotak, Executive Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Kotak Mahindra Bank, said, “We are delighted to support Blind Welfare Organisation for National Blind Cricket Tournament, which is a great national platform to promote cricket amongst the visually challenged. There is no greater passion or religion greater than cricket in India. Our support for this tournament is Kotak’s way of inclusion of the visually challenged in the sport.”
“Having played cricket myself, I know how tough and demanding the game can be. I am amazed to see the determination and vigour of the players, and look forward to the matches next week”, added Kotak.
It is pertinent to mention here that Kotak Mahindra Group, established in 1985, is one of India’s leading financial services conglomerates. In February 2003, Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd., the Group’s flagship company, received banking license from the Reserve Bank of India, becoming the first non-banking finance company in India to convert into a bank – Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd. On April 1, 2015, ING Vysya Bank Ltd merged with Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.