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Pawan Ghimire recruits blind sportsmen and women to his touring team in Nepal.
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 07:51 GMT

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A girl stands in the middle of a large field grasping a cricket bat. She listens intently as her opponent hurls a large rattling ball at her.

This is cricket for the visually impaired - a modified version of South Asia's most popular game that is giving many blind people in Nepal a new lease on life.

And it is all thanks to Pawan Ghimire, an army captain who was blinded in an ambush by Maoist guerillas.

After overcoming shock and depression, Ghimire attended a cricket training camp for the visually impaired in Pakistan.

It changed his life, and now he is promoting the game in Nepal. But he did not stop there: in a country where the blind are marginalised and women regarded as second class citizens, he recruits blind sportsmen and women to his touring team, training them up for self-esteem and competitive purposes.

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