Bangalore, Sep 3: Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly, the brand ambassador for the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup for the blind, unveiled the mascot for the T20 World Cup, Tiger, named after the legendary captain Tiger Pataudi in Bangalore on Sunday.
Cricket Associated for the Blind in India has taken an initiative to conduct a T20 World Cup for the differently abled in December 2012, at Bangalore which is expected to cost 6-8 crores.
Talking about the event, Ganguly said he was pleased to be associated with the T20 World Cup for the visually challenged, as it was encouraging the differently abled.
"It gives me great pleasure to be a part of this special world cup encouraging people to start thinking differently, to spread the message that everybody irrespective of their abilities should have a chance of proving themselves. I wish these young passionate cricketers all the best and hope they succeed in bringing the world cup home and want them to know the nation will be cheering for them," said Ganguly
Interestingly, the event would see participants from all Test playing nations.
Ganguly, who is in the city for the second Test between India and New Zealand, as a TV presenter for a leading sports channel, ensured that he made himself available for the event that was scheduled on Sunday evening by Samarthanam trust.
The Managing Trustee of Samarthanam, Mahantesh was pleased with Sourav Ganguly being the brand ambassador of the T20 World Cup for the blind, as he said "It is an honour for us to have a legendary cricketer like Sourav Ganguly here amongst us today. We feel, the support of a celebrated cricketer like Sourav keeps the hope strong for our cricketers knowing they have legends like him who believe in their abilities and are here to encourage them to perform to the best of their abilities."
"Sourav's association with the first T20 World Cup for the blind has already had a very positive impact on creating awareness about the game which the game and the cause richly deserve, and we are very thankful to him for that," said the founder and managing trustee of Samarthanam.
With the Prince of Kolkata lending a helping hand for a noble cause, he is also encouraging people to think differently.