Women's World Cup 2013

Second venue likely for women's World Cup

Amol Karhadkar and Nagraj Gollapudi

January 17, 2013

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Pakistan women celebrate their victory, Bangladesh Women v Pakistan Women, Final, Asian Games, Guangzhou, November 19, 2010
The organisers have been forced to go hunting for an additional venue for Pakistan's safety © AFP
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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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Posted by 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?

Posted by ShahramKhan on (January 18, 2013, 7:53 GMT)

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

Posted by SherjilIslam 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.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully 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.

Posted by Prats6 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!

Posted by glancedream 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 ..............

Posted by siddhant328 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).

Posted by Haleos 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.

Posted by SevereCritic 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 ?

Posted by Green_Team 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 . . .

Posted by Elenctic on (January 17, 2013, 19:35 GMT)

@bigdhonifan what do you mean? it is not a local Indian tournament like IPL, where India or BCCI has the right to include or exclude players or teams. It is an international tournament holding under the banner of ICC. BCCI is not at all an authority to make decision to include or exclude teams participating in world cup. It is ridiculous. if it is so, then it is a mockery of ICC. Its better to abolish ICC under these circumstances.

Posted by GreenDeviln on (January 17, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

Paki Cricket Board is going to take their name out of competition on Friday.

Posted by bigdhonifan on (January 17, 2013, 16:46 GMT)

@Elenctic and @Stark62 What action will Pak take? They dont have choice ither than leave BCCI to take the decision.

Posted by K.A.K on (January 17, 2013, 16:42 GMT)

I am sure SriLanka and bangladesh will be willing to host the World Cup if given the opportunity.

Posted by Elenctic on (January 17, 2013, 15:52 GMT)

"A decision on Pakistan's participation in the Women's World Cup is likely to be taken on Friday"?????? I could not able to get the point about suspicion on Pakistan participation in the world cup. Pakistani team has qualified for the world cup and it has every right to play it. If India is not willing to host Pakistan due to certain reasons then the tournament must be shifted to any other country.

Posted by Stark62 on (January 17, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

Pak qualified for the tournament and have every right to be there!!

The PCB should take action, if Pak are thrown out of the comp for no reason.

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