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Eunuchs beat men's cricket team

Published: Monday, August 24, 2009, 13:25 [IST]
 
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Eunuchs beat men's cricket team

Islamabad: In a first of a kind cricket match played between a team of eunuchs and a team of young men from a local club in Pakistan"s Sukkur city, the eunuchs emerged victors.

Eunuchs are seen as social outcasts by Pakistan's largely conservative Islamic society, which has ignored them over the years.

They are forced to eke out a living at the fringes of society, such as by begging, or by flaunting their difference as dancers or sex workers.

The match was held in front of a sizeable crowd, which had turned out to cheer both teams.

The local club 'Olympians" won the toss and elected to bat first, and eventually managed to score 65 runs in their allotted eight overs.

While, the eunuchs" team 'Sanam XI" comfortably overhauled the target, with Allah Rakhi top scoring 20 runs to win the 'man of the match" award.

The match was allowed to take place after Pakistan Judge Iftikhar Chaudhry ruled that eunuchs must be given greater rights. Chaudhry ordered the government to stop discrimination against eunuchs and grant them special medical and public facilities.

“I want to dedicate our victory to Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. It is only due to him that things are changing for eunuchs in Pakistan," The Telegraph quoted Sanam Khan, the captain of the eunuchs' team, as saying.

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