Fan’s dream comes true af­ter sight re­stored

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

Blind from his in­fancy, 19-yearold Bangladeshi cricket fan Samiul Is­lam fi­nally had the op­por­tu­nity to see his favourite team in ac­tion yes­ter­day af­ter his eye­sight was re­stored fol­low­ing an op­er­a­tion funded by a re­al­ity TV show.

Hail­ing from a poor labourer’s fam­ily in north­ern Sher­pur dis­trict, 180 kilo­me­tres (112 miles) from Dhaka, Is­lam was brought to Mir­pur sta­dium in the cap­i­tal to ful­fil his dream of watch­ing the Tigers play af­ter his eye­sight was suc­cess­fully re­stored.

A re­al­ity show named Sh­wapno Dekhe Chokh (Eyes see the dream) funded Is­lam’s treat­ment in co­op­er­a­tion with in­ter­na­tional char­ity Sight­savers.

Is­lam, who lost his eye­sight when he was only six months old, said he en­dured a harsh child­hood filled with bul­ly­ing and ne­glect due to his blind­ness.

But de­spite the dis­abil­ity and hard­ships, he fos­tered a love for cricket and lis­tened care­fully to the com­men­tary dur­ing matches. “I use to lis­ten to com­men­tary on the ra­dio and TV. When­ever there was a big match I would go be­fore the TV set. I could not see the game, but for sure, I could hear the com­men­tary and feel the thrill,” Is­lam said. When asked by the donors what he wished to see first af­ter his op­er­a­tion, Is­lam said he would love to watch a Bangladesh cricket match live.

“To­day my dream came true,” he told AFP dur­ing the sec­ond one-day in­ter­na­tional be­tween Bangladesh and Eng­land.

“I could see some of my favourite play­ers like Shakib (Al Hasan) and Tamim (Iqbal) play in front of my eyes.”

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