Women's World Cup 2013 January 17, 2013

Second venue likely for women's World Cup


A decision on Pakistan's participation in the Women's World Cup is likely to be taken on Friday, with the addition of a second venue in India the most likely solution. There has been uncertainty over India's willingness to host Pakistan in Mumbai - as of now the sole venue - following recent political tensions and the threats of a regional party to disrupt the tournament; staging Pakistan's matches in another city in the same country could bypass that problem.

Both the BCCI, the hosting country, and the ICC were tight-lipped amid growing media speculation about whether Pakistan would play the tournament but late in the day the organisers confirmed that the tournament - from January 28 to February 14 - would be played in India.

"The World Cup will happen in India. It will take place at two venues. As for the Pakistan team, the BCCI and ICC are trying to work on an alternate venue. It will be finalised tomorrow," a BCCI official told ESPNcricnfo.

The ICC, too, dismissed reports that Pakistan would not be playing in the tournament. "A decision should be taken by the weekend, latest. We are working with the BCCI about the logistics," an ICC spokesperson said.

According to the existing schedule, all matches will be played in four venues across Mumbai: Wankhede Stadium, Brabourne Stadium, the Bandra-Kurla Complex Cricket ground and the Middle Income Group ground, Pakistan, in Group B, are scheduled to play their league matches against Australia (January 31), New Zealand (February 3) and South Africa (February 5).

However with the Shiv Sena remaining adamant about disallowing Pakistan to play in Mumbai, the organisers have been forced to go hunting for an additional venue. Though Kolkata and Bangalore have been reported by the media as being open to hosting Pakistan, officials from both associations denied any knowledge. "We have no information," Jagmohan Dalmiya, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president, said. A Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) official, too, said that he was unaware about any such development.

Meanwhile, the England squad lands in Mumbai tomorrow morning before heading to Pune where they will hold a preparatory camp.

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo. Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor

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  • Elenctic on January 18, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Pakistan never refused to play in India. it is BCCI who is going to decide the security situation. If BCCI is not feeling comfortable with Pak team security in India, then obviously the tournament should be shifted. It is illogical that Pakistan deprived of playing worldcup just because BCCI not willing to ensure security. In such case BCCI should suffer not Pakistan. Regarding politics and sports going side by side..just as a hypothetical question..what if Australian cricket board says we cannot ensure Indian cricket team security for the next worldcup to be held in Australia due to cetrain reasons ..does it mean India should be asked to quit the tournament in such case? or there would be other alternatives?

  • Shahram on January 18, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Pakistan should go by the rule 'Not gonna let me play, not Gonna let anyone play' :)

  • Sherjil on January 18, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    I would suggest to move the tournament to Either Bangalore or Ranchi. Ranchi becoz it is a new venue with world class stadium and facilities along with a good climate.Also since not much this city has seen of International standards, the tournament will turnout to be a very successful affair. Bangalore becoz of International standards, security and excellent climate.

  • Manesh on January 18, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    If Pakistan donot wanna play, let them go...nothing will happen...rest of the world ready to play...the WC will be a huge success like the other WCs.

  • Pratyush on January 18, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    Not many people would understand the tension that is there currently between India & Pakistan, which is no new thing in itself. But to say that BCCI cant organize security for them is taking it a bit too far. The regional party in question has been an irritant for a lot of people, Indians mostly among them and this is nothing new. I am sure there would be no problems if Pak team is hosted in Bangalore. Consider the weather as a perk here!

  • NEIL on January 18, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    look who is talking about security concerns, they might forget about the security concerns and their own country land, still don't worry i think bcci will arrange to have matches on some other venue as mumbai is the only place where there will some issues, so waiting for fair & firm decision ..............

  • Siddhant on January 18, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    This was expected and rightly done as per the current scenario. Some people are saying - Politics and Cricket should be kept separate. I have never been able to interpret this statement. How can you separate Politics with Cricket or with Cinema? Politics is the word that is made to seem harsher than it actually is. After all, Politics is actually a platform where people can involve themselves to have or iterate their viewpoint on several affairs. And India-Pakistan relations are never influenced by handful of Politicians, but by entire community present on both sides. So, in the shadow of recent brouhaha, this is best solution to transfer Pakistan games to some other location. Some Pak bros are suggesting ICC to shift the venue entirely as they are comparing this case of not providing security with one which happens in Pakistan - this is completely illogical..bcoz in Pakistan, the attackers use to be terrorists, but here people of nation are opposing the Pak participation (only Pak's).

  • Rakesh on January 18, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    @stark62 - if u follow world news or do a bit of news browsing u will know the reason.

  • S on January 17, 2013, 23:34 GMT

    This is sad at so many levels. Cricket and world politics shouldn't be confused. Why banish eleven innocent women from playing in a cricket tournament ?

  • Ali on January 17, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    Indians are reacting such that it is Indian domestic tournament . .If Host Country cannot provide security then they are not able to host tournament . . Here BCCI have announced that they cannot provide security . . ICC should take action on this and shift the venue . . .

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