Within a quick time, the target of supporting 100 Players was achieved through partnership with ICCL Cricketainment. (Source: Twitter)

The target of helping out 100 physically challenged cricketers in India has been achieved by the PCCAI. In a statement released on Wednesday, the PCCAI confirmed the development. “Within a quick time, the target of supporting 100 Players was achieved through partnership with ICCL Cricketainment,” the statement read.

Here’s the full statement:

“The first goal of supporting 100 physically challenged cricketers in these COVID-19 times has been achieved. The overall aim is to support 400 physically challenged cricketers. PCCAI would like to thank Mr. Harley Medcalf, (Managing Director, Duet Entertainment, and Sport) Mr. Anand Chukka(Event Director ICCL)and Mr.Praveen Nalla (Co-Founder and Managing Director Piggy Smalls)for their unrelenting support to this cause. Also, special thanks to the highly admired and inspirational figure in world cricket, former Australia captain Steve Waugh for his support and encouragement to these boys. It has been very well documented about the struggles of physically challenged cricketers in India. Their problems just piled on further in these tough times during the pandemic. With resources fast running out, the help and support provided by Me Harley, Mr. Anand Chukka, and Mr. Parveen Nalla have come as God-send. We are sure your encouragement and support will boost the morale of these physically challenged cricketers.”

“Harley Medcalf (Managing Director, Duet Entertainment and Sport) loved every minute of his interaction with India’s physically challenged cricketers (PCCAI organisation) during his India trip with Steve Waugh AO (former Australian Cricketer, most recognised and respected players in the world) in January this year, was blown away by these amazing talented players.

He then initiated to raise AUD $10,000 to help 100 players of Physically Challenged Cricket Association of India (PCCAI) through the COVID-19 pandemic as the first target. With the support of Steve Waugh, raised decent funds and was looking for more community support. During this time, he was introduced to Mr Anand Chukka, Founder and Event Director (ICCL Cricketainment) by Mr Sagnik (Vice President, Willow TV, United States). What follows sometimes is just destiny. Within a quick time, the target of supporting 100 Players was achieved through partnership with ICCL Cricketainment.

Mr Ravi Chauhan, Secretary-General PCCAI has been supporting these players during this crisis and since meeting Mr Harley has given new fresh hope and is honoured greatly. With ICCL Cricketainment coming on board to support these players in the partnership, the association and players are delighted that International support is coming for these talented players to continue doing what they are good at. There is indeed light at the end of the tunnel.

Mr Anand Chukka, who is settled down in Melbourne, Australia is a highly influential professional with extensive corporate, political and community networks. Has been working on a global platform through sports and entertainment (ICCL Cricketainment) for supporting Neurodiversity communities globally while embracing social values-driven inclusive society and economic prosperity. Given similar synergies, both Harley and Anand bonded very quickly and collaboratively started working towards strategic partnerships in assisting the PCCAI organisation particularly for their immediate basic needs during this crisis.

Mr Anand says, ‘Abilities and not dis-abilities should be the mantra and every individual has the rights for basic entitlements (i.e. right to play, participate and access to), dignity, respect and opportunity to showcase their talents’. I am privileged to show my gratitude towards my motherland (India) through this opportunity as well I strongly believe, Life is all about giving (learnt Humanity from my Parents) and hence motivated in life by these social values principles. Also, grateful to have this opportunity from our good friend Mr Sagnik, who have similar synergies in supporting a good cause and a strong supporter of ICCL Cricketainment.

As part of raising the much-needed funds, Mr Anand contacted his close friends and got immediate support from them. In particular, Mr Praveen Nalla, Co-Founder and Managing Director(Piggy Smalls Australia) who has similar passion contributed immediately and has also assured to support more these talented individuals to ensure their sports abilities should continue to inspire others in spite of challenges. Mr Praveen says it’s the people of determination and not people with disabilities.

Anand’s friends (Australian NRI’s) who are part of this initial funds support includes, Mr Ravinder Etikala, Mr Rajesh Arshanapalli, Mr Chandra Muddangula, Mr Alex Patrick, Mr Vamshi Joshi and Mr Uma Mahesh from the United States.

Additionally, Mr Sangeeth Silveri (Director, Dexterous India) also an associate of ICCL (India Operations) have come forward to donate N95 Face Masks (safety gear) for all 100 players. Safety of these players are also important during this crisis and shall be visiting the organisation personally very soon. His organisation is currently producing and marketing various safety gear, PPE equipment with superior quality to various clients in India.

Both Mr Harley and Mr Anand understands out of 4000 players, around 500 players are identified who need more support due to socio-economic backgrounds and their current circumstances particularly during this pandemic and working out strategies in ensuring the support is reached to all these 500 players. Bigger plans are to ensure all these players well-being while they focus on achieving their goals.

ICCL Cricketainment continues to partner with Mr Harley and look at strategic support platforms in ensuring the ‘enable’ players of such individuals backgrounds are given highest importance and provided opportunities to exhibit their talents and career progression. We are confident that there are many good people in this world who will echo our synergies and support these players and continue to be inspired. All funds are directly donated to the PCCAI organisation and every contribution makes a real difference. As everyone knows the value of Australia-India relationships and the importance of sports and mateships. The Cricket for both Australia and India is like the hottest couple and the game spirit brings the best from both countries while continuing to share a mutual admiration for each other.”

Earlier, joint secretary of PCCAI, Sanjay Singh Tomar in an exclusive chat with Cricket22yard.com revealed how the Physically Challenged Cricket Association of India (PCCAI) has been working hard to help the cricketers in the nation in getting them the deserved recognition and nurturing the young and talented players in the country.


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