LAHORE: Pakistan started their Blind Cricket World Cup campaign on a winning note by defeating Bangladesh in the opening match of the tournament at Gaddafi Stadium on Monday.
Pakistan after winning toss decided to field against Bangladesh. Bangladesh set a target of 208 in the 40-overs game.
The hosts chased down the total in 17 overs, driven by a brilliant century by Badar Munir, who was named Man of the Match for his quickfire 145.
The tournament includes teams from cricket-playing nations such as Australia, England and India. However, only teams from Bangladesh and Nepal have agreed to play in Pakistan for now, while matches with other countries are scheduled to be held in UAE.
The Pakistan Blind Cricket Council was forced to change the schedule of the World Cup after the Indian government earlier this month refused to grant permission to its team to travel to Pakistan for the matches.
India and Pakistan will face off in Ajman, UAE on January 12. The final of the tournament will be held on January 19 in Sharjah.