Women's World Cup 2013

No decision yet on Pakistan's base

Nagraj Gollapudi and Umar Farooq

January 15, 2013

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The Pakistan players celebrate on their way to an easy opening victory, Ireland Women v Pakistan Women, ICC Women's Cricket Challenge, Potchefstroom, October 6, 2010
It is understood that the tournament organisers have been thinking of an alternate venue as a safeguard for Pakistan's players © International Cricket Council
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The final decision over the whether to move the Pakistan women's team base for the forthcoming Women's World Cup out of Mumbai, fearing protests by political outfits, hangs in the balance. At the end of the BCCI Working Committee meeting in Mumbai on Tuesday, BCCI president N Srinivasan did not reveal anything concrete except saying that the board had passed the relevant information to the ICC. "We have informed the ICC about it. They will have to examine it and take a view," he said.

The PCB has written to the ICC, asking it to take responsibility of the security of the Pakistan squad. "We have written to the ICC asking it to ensure the Pakistan team get a foolproof security after the hockey incidents," PCB spokesperson Nadeem Sarwar told ESPNcricinfo. The PCB has also requested if the organsiers could shift the venue for the Pakistan matches."

The World Cup will be played at four venues across Mumbai, from January 31 to February 17. Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, MIG Ground and the Bandra-Kurla Complex ground are the four venues. Pakistan, who are in Group B, are scheduled to play their league matches against Australia (January 31), New Zealand (February 3) and South Africa (February 5).

However, it is understood that the tournament organisers have been thinking of an alternate venue as a safeguard, though no final venue has been decided. "We have not written anything to the ICC asking or informing them about any change of venue. We have just made them aware of what the ground situation is here in Mumbai in a few e-mail exchanges," a board official told ESPNcricinfo. According to him, a final word on the change of venue should be decided in the next two days.

On Sunday, the Shiv Sena activists held protests outside the Bombay Hockey Association Stadium, (which incidentally is adjacent to the Wankhede Stadium) opposing the presence of four Pakistan hockey players in the Mumbai Magicians' squad in the recently launched Hockey India League. Though the team moved immediately to New Delhi, some Sena activists reached the practice venue in the Indian capital to cause further disruptions.

The Sena went public about its intentions, saying it would not allow any Pakistan artistes to perform in Mumbai. "I don't want to reveal our plans, but you already know of our policy. The Sena will not allow any artiste or sportsperson from Pakistan to perform or play in the city. That country is waging a proxy war against us. There's no way we will allow them in Mumbai," senior party leader Subhash Desai told DNA on Monday.

The BCCI, understandably, feels the protests could escalate to a higher level considering it is hosting a world event. "This being a World Cup, it will attract a little more attention from political outfits like Shiv Sena. With regards the hockey issue only few hockey players were involved but we are talking now about an entire Pakistan women's squad," the official said.

Asked if the ICC had raised any concerns, the official said the final decision would have to be taken by India, the host country. "Any decision will be taken here rather than the ICC. It will be a BCCI decision if there is a shift of venue. The only decision when the ICC will get involved in would be in the extreme scenario of Pakistan pulling out of the tournament. But that happening is quite remote," the official said.

The ICC has been monitoring the situation but is happy to wait for the BCCI to deliver the final decision. "Safety and security of the players and ICC officials is always our priority and we constantly monitor and review every situation," an ICC spokesperson said.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (January 18, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

Pakistan will be out of the tournament early...so there will not be any security concerns...just arrange a flight for them to fly back to home where things are soooo SAFE!!

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 17, 2013, 12:52 GMT)

just throw pak team out as they have security issues in pak which can manifest in india , pak have bad rep for security and their team should only be allowed in a world event when they comply with united nations protocols

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 17, 2013, 6:07 GMT)

bigdhonifan: Throw Pak out? What is this some wild wild east? If they did something like this then i'm sure PCB will drag both the ICC and BCCI through courts and would be made to pay far more money than it will cost by changing the host or changing venues. And dont see how ICC winning that case since its a world event and being a governing body, ICC should never have chosen India if they couldn't provide adequate security. I'm not a legal expert but PCB might go for a stay order and the whole event will become a farce. Or is it just the simple of case of Pak smashing the crack out of India in India in the recent series that you seem so frustrated LOL.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2013, 2:07 GMT)

If there are security concerns, then these concerns to be mitigated.

As a host country, BCCI has the responsibility to ensure safe conditions for all players but this doesn't relieves ICC to ensure the safe conditions for all member boards players. If BCCI can't take adequate actions, then ICC should have to jump in with possible options like pressuring BCCI to provide the adequate security or move the location to same place which is safer for all players.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (January 16, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

Possibilies: 1. BCCI agress to move this tournament to South Africa ( But mostly BCCI wont agree) 2. Let Pakistan boycott this tournament, if they have security concern. India is Safe as England is playing peacefully here and Aussies are coming 3. BCCI and ICC takes a decision to throw out Pakistan from tournament and allow Bangladesh to play.

Posted by BBrianBlair on (January 16, 2013, 15:11 GMT)

The so called security issue is just hype. Some ordinary people are just protesting against Pakistanis because,well everyone knows why. These people know how to behave themselves and know their limits. They won't cross the line, they just want to protest against something that is wrong.

Posted by indian83 on (January 16, 2013, 13:34 GMT)

world knows pakistans current situation even bcb has cancelled their tour pak govnt has no controlled on their army for the current situation in india its very sad for Pakistanis people but still world cup will go on and Pakistani women will play there games as per scheduled and pls don't worry about the security situation of india its thousand times better than Pakistan

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 12:01 GMT)

Isn't that a security issue? India not safe for sporting event even when a particular team touring India not safe? ON the same grounds we're deprived of cricket games on our soil... ain't that a double standard?

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (January 16, 2013, 11:54 GMT)

If it is an international even then it is BCCI's responsibility to provide the security (and in no way related to Hockey event which is private league like IPL). If BCCI can't provide the security then ICC has the right to shift the venue (or even the host). As simple as that and some pak fans go overboard when they say

Posted by Shazli on (January 16, 2013, 9:19 GMT)

if one country can not provide security then y ICC organized such a important even in India....ICC should post pone and move world cup to any other country...i.e. srilanka or south africa...india is not a safe place for cricket.....

Posted by Wise_Cricket_Fan on (January 16, 2013, 7:43 GMT)

With people like Sitaraam involved not only cricket, nothing will get better. When we say world cup - It should be with every nation given a fair chance. Also when it comes to leagues like IPL, we want to see the best possible thrillers created by the all the best ones in the world & not leaving some good players out due to a damn political perception of few old folks with old thinking

Posted by irfankiani on (January 16, 2013, 6:13 GMT)

@sitaram58 We are talking about worldcup not 3rd grade Ipl that everyone quit and india play alone stop dreaming chaap things with narrow mind

Posted by PILLAI.... on (January 16, 2013, 5:01 GMT)

in ind their will no such security problem.... ind will safer place to play cric...

Posted by challagalla on (January 16, 2013, 4:16 GMT)

Sad that politics again messes with sport and cricket is the loser. BCCI should gaurantee adequate security for all the players and if not shift the venue to a safer place. Pity that cricket is hostage to border politics and the players for no fault suffer. The Indian goverment, the Mharashtra State government and BCCI should ensure 100% security for the teams and put the Shiv Sainiks in place. Please lets have sport contacts and let the people to people contact take place. Ultimately goodwill will triumph over petty politics and good sense will prevail. Let the hockey players and the women cricketers play in India and go back to Pakistan with tales of our hospitality and generosity and win friends for life across the border for us.

Posted by siddhant328 on (January 16, 2013, 2:58 GMT)

Pakistan is itself responsible for the whole dilemma...In India, currently, there is huge anger against Pak and ICC should think of some alternative place, at least for Pak matches...Though, I think, Pak women should play the WC.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2013, 1:12 GMT)

No international events should be allowed in India if there are security issues for any participant players or country . This neither IPL or and Inadian league game arranged by BCCI. India should never request to be host to any International game where Pakistan is playing!!! If it has agreed to host then it should be responsible for the security of all players.

Posted by Green_Team on (January 15, 2013, 23:49 GMT)

If one country cannot give security as they are saying that we cannot give security to them then dont know why icc are giving host to that country . . .I dont have a issue with BCCI as we all know who they are and what they want ,bt if ICC cannot handle these situations then there no reasons remain for them to Control internation cricket ..

Posted by fataquie on (January 15, 2013, 23:14 GMT)

I have a dream.....Pakistan and India coexist peacefully.....our grandparents couldn't do it, our parents couldn't do it, do we want to leave it for our grand children to handle this??

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (January 15, 2013, 21:42 GMT)

I dont know what to comment on it. ICC rules on nothing. They have no governance over cricket issues anymore. They are baised and absolutly unfair. Cricket future is bleak if its going to be governed by such a narrow minded nation. what would you call these people???

Posted by   on (January 15, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

I suppose this means no Pak players in IPL, what a waste. Players like Junaid, Ajmal, Irfan, Nasir, Hafeez, Afridi etc would bolster the IPL teams especially when comes to the Champions League. The conflicts and skirmishes in Jammu Kashmir have gone on for years since 1947 and unfortunately they will continue unless all parties start to give instead of take take. Cricket is the loser . Also it seems that Mumbai is where the issues are greatest, perhaps an idea would be for Mumbai Indians not to bid for Pak players and other team who do just don't pick the Pak players for Mumbai matches.

Posted by sitaram58 on (January 15, 2013, 20:49 GMT)

Let the tournament proceed without Pakistan. If any of the other nations want to lend their support to Pakistan (and incure the wrath of the mighty BCCI) let them pull out.

Posted by ilyas_US on (January 15, 2013, 20:10 GMT)

Where is ICC's security concern now shouldn't they shift the tournament from Ind as they did from Pak?

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (January 15, 2013, 18:04 GMT)

Right now, it has become a liability for India to take care of Pak Cricketers, artists etc.. Wherever they go, they need special attention !

Posted by K.A.K on (January 15, 2013, 17:44 GMT)

I am sure BCCI and ICC can handle security for all team attending WC. I am also sure both ICC and BCCI must be on top of it. Otherwise Columbo and Dhaka should be alternate location if SriLanka / Bangladesh agrees.

Posted by hammad2000 on (January 15, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

why dont the icc stop bringing cricket teams to india. why does pakistan have to suffer?

Posted by khurramsch on (January 15, 2013, 16:07 GMT)

this is different issue than indian media showing or Hockey. Hockey was a league and pak players were in it. Women world cup isnt a BCCI even or any local even like IPL. from which they can send back a full member. like indian tv chanels reporting that pak will not be invited or replaced. this is icc event and BCCi will have to give security, only thing they can do is to change group matches to different venue otherwise whole tournment will suffer.

Posted by Dhanya Bhai on (January 15, 2013, 14:52 GMT)

What a bunch of Bull from BCCI. Anybody could have foreseen this to happen. when BCCI requested for hosting the World cup they should have known the wounds of the attacks are not healed yet. this is besides what happened to the indian soldiers.

if you hosting an event you must provide security. if you cant pass the buck to someone else. Don't now try and be politically correct and pass the buck onto the ICC.

Learn from BCCI guys how to be politically correct and not loose face with anyone.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2013, 13:54 GMT)

I thnk icc should nt allow india to host the world cup if they cant provide security in all stadiums. If this would happen in Pakistan than u all know what the ICC would do but sadly its all about money power

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