Women's World Cup 2013 January 15, 2013

No decision yet on Pakistan's base


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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  • Manesh 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!!

  • gurinder 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

  • Amjad 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Sreejith 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.

  • Brian 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.

  • suresh 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

  • Dummy4 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?

  • sri 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

  • Farrukh 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.....

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