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Captain Sana Mir and her team is focused despite the unnecessary distractions. -Photo by Sara Faruqi/Dawn.com

MURIDKE: Pakistan women cricket team’s chief coach Mohtashim Rasheed hopes for a good tournament for his team at the new venue, Cuttack, in India which was announced by the ICC in view of security concerns that came up after nine men hockey players from Pakistan, who were to feature in Hockey India League (HIL), were forced to return home following threats to their lives by Hindu extremist party Shiv Sena.

“The ICC Women's World Cup is a big international event, so the grounds in Cuttack must be up to a certain standard. But grounds and wickets are not really a major concern for us at this stage as we have been more worried about being stopped from featuring in the event,” the coach told Dawn on Friday.

“The girls have qualified for the World Cup and have been working very hard for it. They deserved to play and play they will.”

“When our team played in India earlier, in 2007, it was in Guwahati. We hadn't even heard of that city then and even Cuttack will be a very new place for us. But we aim to play good cricket there,” said Mohtashim.

Team captain Sana Mir said that she had heard that Cuttack was a cantonment area which makes it a safe venue. “But it will be interesting to see what happens if we qualify for the Super Sixes. Because the next round's matches are all in Mumbai.”

“Some of them are also day and night encounters and most of the matches, especially the India matches, are televised, too. Changing venues then will also create TV rights issues,” she pointed out.

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the Pak
Jan 19, 2013 09:13pm
Good luck girls do what the boys did.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Shah Jahan
Jan 20, 2013 05:07pm
where is India? can someone please respond if you guys free from responding Mumtaz ? ;-) PS : Pun Intended ! Shah Jahan (Taj Mahal waale)
Sayyar Khan
Jan 19, 2013 06:34pm
Does not matter if its Pakistan or India. Extremist made you guys move the venue. That was there main objective and they won. So quit pointing fingers and admit it that you guys have issues also. Not as bad as Pakistan BUT they do exist.
Jan 20, 2013 11:52am
So Indians are threatening Pakistani women and who are Really cricketers. Indians, I am proud of you.
Jan 19, 2013 05:47pm
Cuttack is situated in the eastern state of Odhisa nearing the Bay of Bengal. It is close to the capital of Odhisa, Bhuvaneswar. The next big city nearby is Calcutta which is approx 430 km away!
sudhir kumar
Jan 19, 2013 05:43pm
use google maps.
Jan 19, 2013 05:55pm
Look at the map of India . It is the capital of the state of Odisha
Jan 20, 2013 01:27pm
I read an article on dawn yesterday. How common people in pakistan are moved by conspiracy theories and by flak politicians and army to get popular vote by criticizing eastern border. I do think this is a positive move. But as a nation india is growing and i am happy to see no act of terrorism and incursion will be tolerated by India. I believe Pakistan who talks a lot about international probe please do read international news and see how things are before making comment on local conspiracy hatch.
Jan 19, 2013 04:44pm
Cuttack is the largest city of the Indian State of Odisha. Odisha is a minerals-rich coastal State, bordering the Indian States of West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh. Till 1948, Cuttack was the Capital of the State. But in 1948 the a new Capital was established in Bhuvaneshwar, which is 28 km from Cuttack. Odisha is one of the economically backward States of India, which has started making significant development strides under a youthful and visionary Chief Minister, who belongs to a regional party. For more information about the city and the State, you may read Wikipedia.
Jan 19, 2013 03:18pm
In state of Orissa on eastern part of India.
brizmohan hazarika
Jan 19, 2013 05:53pm
In the state of Odisha, on the east coast next to West Bengal and Kolkota
Jan 19, 2013 04:53pm
In Orissa or now known as Odisha, name changed by politicians for no reason
Jan 19, 2013 04:56pm
Go Pak girls.Try your best and we are proud.Best of luck.
Jan 19, 2013 05:11pm
in Orissa State ...Kolkata se 400km dur ..
Jan 19, 2013 10:14pm
In a magical place called google.
Jan 19, 2013 03:57pm
Cuttack is in the province Odisha. This is in the eastern part of India.
Jan 19, 2013 03:52pm
In India!
Jan 19, 2013 03:42pm
bay of Bengal coast i guess.you can check map as well.
Jan 19, 2013 03:42pm
In the state of Odisha-eastern part of India
Jan 19, 2013 03:37pm
cuttack is situated in eastern india near kolkata .
Jan 19, 2013 04:13pm
Jan 19, 2013 06:05pm
In the state of Odisha in eastern India not too far from Kolkata. .
Jan 19, 2013 11:04am
where is cuttack situated can some one explain
Jan 19, 2013 11:23am
First of all Shiv sena is not extremist party but a nationalistic party. secondly there was no threat to lives of pakistani players, but only threats to disrupt the matches involving them. This is India not pakistan where there is attack on the lives of players, like happened to srilankans. Please get your facts rights before printing them.
Karachi Wala
Jan 19, 2013 11:39am
The skipper seems to be quite knowledgeable off ground. I hope her on ground knowledge works in Pakistan's favor.
Jan 19, 2013 10:44am
Good luck Girls...we are with you what ever happens!
Sudhir K.Sharma
Jan 20, 2013 02:21pm
When India is causing so much of trouble in your country, why are you interested in playing sports with India...?
Jan 20, 2013 07:16am
They are not extremist they democratically opposed. They don't kill people with weapons and hiding they are political party in India . Dear dawn post facts not assumptions.
Jan 20, 2013 08:05am
We moved the venue but they still are playing in India whereas Sri lankan team had to go back that time and International cricket was suspended there whereas there is no such situation in India.