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T20 in Special Olympics

CHENNAI: After its success in South Africa, Twenty20 cricket will make its next appearance in the Special Olympics, an event which will feature participants from 169 countries, to be held in Shanghai from October 2 to 11.

Cricket is one of the 24 disciplines at the Special Olympics and indeed there is much focus on this sport.

The rules in this version of cricket too have been designed to suit the team members with the stress being on every player having to bat and bowl.

“Even the team score is calculated in a different way, by dividing the total runs scored by the number of wickets lost,” M.S. Nagarajan, Sports Co-ordinator, Special Olympics Asia-Pacific Region, said at a press conference on Thursday.

He said India would be sending a contingent of 187 participants, by far the biggest from the Asia-Pacific region and next only to Australia which is sending 168. India will participate in 13 events including Twenty20 cricket. — Special Correspondent

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