ICC Women's World Cup 2013 January 18, 2013

Pakistan Women's matches shifted to Cuttack


Pakistan Women will play their ICC Women's World Cup group matches in Cuttack, in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, following threats from political activists in Mumbai. The World Cup, which starts on January 31, will now be played across two cities, instead of just Mumbai as originally planned. However, there is no confirmation regarding the venues for the knockout stages yet.

Despite a BCCI official confirming to ESPNcricinfo on Friday that "Group B games will be played in Cuttack" and that Group A games will be played in Mumbai, and an ICC insider also revealing that the fixtures are "being reworked", keeping Cuttack in mind, there was no official word on the matter. On Saturday, though, the Orissa Cricket Association (OCA) secretary Asirbad Behera confirmed the move.

"We were informed about it yesterday. The Group B games will be played at Barabati Stadium and DRIEMS Stadium in Tangi (on the outskits of Cuttack)," Behera told ESPNcricinfo.

Pakistan's matches had to be shifted out of Mumbai due to protests by the Shiv Sena, a right-wing political party, against Pakistan's participation in the event. With Orissa coming into the fray, the Bajrang Dal and Kalinga Sena, outfits with similar ideological views as the Shiv Sena, have issued statements opposing Pakistan's participation in the tournament. However, Behera said the event will be held smoothly.

"Orissa is a peaceful state with strong brotherhood bonds, so we hope that there will be no trouble for any team to play in Orissa. Still, we are taking all sorts of precautions and are in touch with the state government who have offered their support to us," Behera said.

The ICC, however, will not take any chances and will not make an official announcement till all the issues related to security of all teams, especially Pakistan, are resolved. It is expected that BCCI-appointed tournament director Suru Nayak will meet Orissa chief minister Naveen Patnaik along with the state police chief to chalk out the final security plan for the Pakistan team.

While England, India, West Indies and Sri Lanka will be based in Mumbai for their Group A games, Group B comprises Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa for the event that will run for just over two weeks, culminating in the final on February 17.

* - 1510GMT, January 19, 2013 - The story was updated to include the confirmation from the Orissa Cricket Association secretary

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • a on January 20, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Although it is most unlikely that Pakistan will play the semis or finals, will the organisers be taking any chances?

  • Syed on January 20, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    @maddy20: If Pakistan reaches the semi India has to take a needful stapes. This is the responsibility not social works. Pakistan cricket allays suffered by Indian politician, Earlier we seen they dig the Pitch in Mumbai. They threat Pakistan cricket in every occasion. Once you host international cricket everybody should participate, India has to host the Pakistan cricket by hook or crook as it is an international team then why you creating so drama?

  • Axe on January 20, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Good job done, BCCI.

    India always makes sure that the visiting teams are safe.

    Now Pakistani women team can play freely without any fear of being opposed by any political party.

    Hats off to BCCI for reacting even before the tournament started. No wonder, every player wants to play in India. Excellent Grounds, Excellent Security, Excellent facilities and above all Excellent Crowd Support ! Looking forward to the matches.

  • Krishna on January 19, 2013, 16:39 GMT

    Looks like BCCI runs the show for ICC. Everything BCCI wants happens and every board wants to have good relations with BCCI. This is bad as well as good for Indian cricketers sometimes.For other country fans no offense India is the only country in subcontinent which can host any international tournament on its own,some of our states have more International standard stadiums than most of the countries.

  • Farhan on January 19, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Dominance of BCCI should be acknowledged~! They turn every situation in their favor. What if, Pakistan reach Semis ? then what will they do ? again change the venue ... ??? What is ICC doing ? Have they asked BCCI for any explanation to avoid such things in future ... ??? What is the ICC Strategy ? It's really hurt to see the attitude of ICC!!!

  • Asif on January 18, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Although India covers a plenty of cricket fans thats why India remains favorite for ICC to host events of neighboring countries but it does not mean that politician have the influence on sport and to say "we'l not let them play here".

  • Aamir on January 18, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    @: Fast track bully: We are talking about ICC event (International Cricket Council tournament) not a 3rd Class IPL or doggy home series. And it is Indian Cricket Board's responsibility to provide security and assurance which they are unable to do. Totally agree with " Tipu-Ali " that ICC should not allow such an important event again in India

  • Dummy4 on January 18, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    India and Bangladesh can never become good friends of Pakistan due to there politicians. Sports should be weighted more then politics but anyways.

  • Manesh on January 18, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    If you have fear in mind, just stay at home. Just like what BD did recently. They just cancelled the tour. No other country have issues in the tournament!. Some people are jealous over the success of international matches in India.

  • Tipu on January 18, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    It is the responsibility of host country to provide security. If host country cannot provide security then ICC should take action and move the tournament to some other country. Further ICC also make sure that in future no other ICC international event like WC etc should be allowed to be host by that country. For ICC events, host country cannot pick and choose participating countries.

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