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Pakistan team manager Ayesha Ashar said the entire squad was happy with the arrangements made at the Barabati stadium. -Photo by Sara Faruqi/

NEW DELHI: Pakistan's women cricketers in India for the World Cup are staying in the stadium premises instead of a hotel for security reasons, the International Cricket Council said on Tuesday.

The entire squad is living in the club house of the Barabati stadium in the eastern city of Cuttack where Pakistan are due to play its matches in the eight-nation tournament starting on Thursday.

“I can confirm the team is staying at the Barabati stadium,” an ICC spokeswoman told AFP from Cuttack.

“The ICC considered all options and the best security for the teams, and we have chosen to use the Barabati stadium club house.”

Cuttack was added as a last-minute venue after the right-wing nationalist Shiv Sena party threatened to disrupt Pakistan's matches in Mumbai, where the entire tournament was originally scheduled to be played.

Matches in group B -- featuring Pakistan, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa -- were shunted to Cuttack, where Pakistan will remain if they qualify for the second round.

But the Pakistani team will still have to travel to Mumbai if they make the final at the Brabourne stadium on February 17.

Pakistan team manager Ayesha Ashar said the entire squad was happy with the arrangements made at the Barabati stadium.

“The arrangements are more like we get in Pakistan,” Ashar was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India news agency.

“We are happy with the facilities provided to us by the organisers.”

Pakistan open their campaign against Australia at the Barabati stadium on Friday.


-Keeping in mind the situation the Pakistani team is faced with in India, should the ICC play a more decisive role?

-Are the ICC and the BCCI setting a precedent for all future matches that Pakistan may be involved in in India?

-Being bound to the hotel (stadium in this case) has been cited by FICA and most international teams as a major concern when talk of touring Pakistan comes up. Will it affect the performance of Sana Mir's team in any way?

-If travelling around in India is not a safe option for the Pakistan women's team, is it right for the World Cup to go ahead over there?

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Comments (109)

January 29, 2013 2:27 pm
ICC is controlled by narrow minded and biased Indians, had the same arrangement being made for Indian cricket team in Pakistan the whole Indian media and officials till now be defaming Pakistan in all forums. Shame on PCB(Punjab Cricket Board) for showing such desperation to send players to India, they should have boycotted the event on security grounds and asked for shifting the venue. Do you think in this atmosphere of fear our team will perform , I am pretty sure they won't reach the rounds where they have to play in Mumbai and forced to lie low. It also expose Indian security arrangements and their capability to provide security for the foreign teams.
Anis Abbas
January 30, 2013 7:58 am
You can ask your players to withdraw..we don't have any issue. We are capable enough to host large scale matches (read World Cup) and give security to our guests (unlike Pakistan).
January 29, 2013 2:31 pm
This si ridiculous. They have a different standard for pak and an entirely different set of rules for India
January 29, 2013 2:36 pm
How sad it is to see Indians behaving this way....
Asif Kahsmiri
January 29, 2013 2:42 pm
India, a TRUE Democracy ...!!!!
January 29, 2013 2:53 pm
It is shame for India.
January 30, 2013 12:24 pm
keep crying !
True Indian
January 30, 2013 1:39 pm
"Pakistan,you have shown your own true colors of discrimination against your own sisters and daughters, what to talk of others discriminating against you." And rehman malik talks of giving security to SRK....
Asad Mahmood
January 29, 2013 3:26 pm
It is sad that ICC, and FICA are bowing down to money ... this also shows the double standard of ICC and FICA.... I would have loved if Pakistan have pulled out there team from the tournament.... This is a disgrace to Pakistani cricketers and India have shown that they can't control Extremists and govt is run by them in actual.
Ahmed j
January 29, 2013 3:30 pm
Is right-wing nationalist Shiv Sena so strong that an elected government of the largest democracy unable to give protection to a sports squad who has come to attend an international event. Isn't this strange?
Ahmed Sultan (India)
January 29, 2013 3:44 pm
its really sad
January 29, 2013 3:45 pm
-If travelling around in India is not a safe option for the Pakistan women’s team, is it right for the World Cup to go ahead over there? There are many other teams who do not have a problem. So for one country the venue would not be changed. Nice try to get the venue changed though! hahahaha
January 29, 2013 3:51 pm
Indians are smart to think ahead as providing security is essential to keep the confidence of international teams / players in their country. Why could Pakistan not provide such security to SriLankans. Why did the team had to travel from one end of the city to another? Like all other organizations in Pakistan most of the people are either interested in paycheks only or they are not qulified for the jobs they are holding, and the result is disaster time and again. Now PCB is getting all kinds of mistreatments in international arena because they are not in a position to hold any matches on their home grounds.
January 30, 2013 12:29 pm
Wow..The incredible India...indeed...
January 29, 2013 3:57 pm
January 29, 2013 3:59 pm
Pakistan should not play India. Due to security reasons and anti Pakistan propaganda...
Pavan Samudrala
January 29, 2013 4:00 pm
Good questions ?? If this the security cover that's needed to have an international match for all teams, I guess India should not be allowed to host the world cup. However, there is a thin line here. I don't think this is the procedure for every other international team visiting India. This is only for the Pakistani team, due to the escalated tensions, as a safer approach. Please note that there is not even a shred of evidence about any anti-social activity. However, from a broader scale, it is correct in questioning that if a country is not confident in providing security in a hotel to an international team, should it really host a cup??
January 29, 2013 5:24 pm
PCB should call them back on this shameful act of india.Indians really know how to disgrace an International event.Shameful act in cricketing history.
January 29, 2013 5:43 pm
It's unfortunate that Pakistan women's team has to play under this kind of situation.
January 29, 2013 5:45 pm
And Indian media call all Pakistanis extremists....
raja hindustani
January 29, 2013 5:59 pm
Dear Dawn, Please do not sensationalize this issue. There is no as such security issue w.r.t Pak team in India and this is already proved during Pakistan men team toured India in dec 2012. Many of Pak artist are living peacefully and that too in mumbai which is shiv sena den. I am not supporter of shiv sena but I don't think they are anyway threat to Pakistan players or artist. We all know the current situation for which Pakistan is 100% responsible. We are aware of love hate relationship between India & dont worry... Pak team is safe and welcome in India.
Abdul Rehman
January 29, 2013 7:05 pm
ICC's double standards ... Pakistan is not a safe country while India having such extremism .. still safe ... :( what can i say !
January 29, 2013 7:15 pm
The security threat eliminates difference between Taliban and Shev Sena.
January 30, 2013 9:13 am
Please do it. We don't even want your girls to be there in our land. We can do better without you all.
January 30, 2013 9:14 am
Please do it. We don't even want your girls to be there in our land. We can do better without you all.
January 29, 2013 7:26 pm
apparently its not just Indian media ..... it is the view of the media around the world ..... Pakistan is one of the most dangerous places in the world for westerners, indians, journalists, hindus, christians, shias, sikhs.... there is no denying that there have been threats in India made by some miscreants in the society ...who are just capable of making threats ... but dont have the chutzpah to enact them..... because the Indian establishment has always taken necessary precautions to protect the foreign dignitaries coming to India irrespective of their nationality and profession......
January 29, 2013 7:34 pm
waiting to see how Indians commenters change the direction of the subject to Pak internal matters :)
January 29, 2013 7:40 pm
Pakistani liberals are totally out of touch from reality. Why are they forcing these women to go to India when they are not wanted there. Please stop this nonsense. Indians have deep-seated hatred for Pakistanis. Stop this nonsense and brings these girls back home !
Avishek Roy
January 29, 2013 7:58 pm
Yeah..Really unfortunate... All the very best to Team Pakistan...
January 30, 2013 1:01 pm
-10 states
Moosa Khan
January 29, 2013 10:06 pm
On numbers, India has more extremism than Pakistan.. From Nagaland to Bombay, but their media do well to turn all the internal heat towards Pakistan and keep the hatred alive.
January 30, 2013 1:03 pm
while i agree with you that pakistan is responsible,having invited the team(even if reluctantly),we should treat them with honour and respect as we believe in athidhi devo bhava(guests are gods)
January 30, 2013 1:04 pm
India must tackle them with iron fist, before they become their TTP - I hope/pray not!
January 30, 2013 2:57 pm
Don't be sad it's their trait , Quaid-e-Azam have first hand experience of Hindu mentality 70 years back that's why he asked for a separate state for Muslims. Go to times of India site and read comments posted by Indians and then you will get to know the real face of Indians.
January 30, 2013 3:06 pm
It shows double standard of ICC, if it was in Sri Landa, Bangladesh, Pakistan, or Zimbabwe tournament would be shift to another country. Just because it is BCCI anything and everything is fine :)
Ordinary Pakistani
January 30, 2013 3:09 pm
We are your guests and you keep your guests as a gods (Atithi Devo Bhavo). One can see the weigh of your argument when give some attention to the way you treat your gods? they are usually confined to the temple, as our team is to the stadium. Could you please just treat us ordinary humans instead of gods.
January 30, 2013 3:55 pm
Don’t expect any action from ICC as India is the biggest financial contributor for ICC. Pakistan is a place of terror already recognized by all the countries and now under surveillance and drone attack. Not a single country ready to play in Pakistan including south Asian countries. Don’t simply blame western countries. Pakistani player desperately looking for IPL, also to play in hockey league. Many Pakistani singers, models, artists earning huge here. This is all about money. May be this is why you are also in USA, although US killing your people by drone.
January 30, 2013 3:55 pm
Pakistani girls will be taken care of. Women issue is sensitive in India. All these threats are symbolic against the enemy country of Pakistan not on the girls per se. And they will not be disrespected just because they are from pakistan. As along they are in India they will be our daughters.
January 30, 2013 3:57 pm
Why don't we grow together? Let's do it!
January 30, 2013 4:00 pm
@Akbaraleem - So why were they invited in the first place? :-)
January 30, 2013 4:05 pm
Yeah that happened long time back and no point crying now. Yes we hate pakistan but girls from pakistan will not be disrespected. They will be treated with utmost respect.
January 30, 2013 4:06 pm
It is interesting Ahmed that you had to put "India" in brackets to prove a point on this forum. That says that "Perception is stronger than reality."
January 30, 2013 4:08 pm
It is very common in India. India respect public sentiment as we believe in democracy. That is why Kamal Hasan 100 cr. movie not released in many states, although the movie was cleared by censure board as few Muslims have objection. Salman Rushdie, Taslima Nasrin cannot attend public meeting. So nothing new.
Srini (Dallas,TX)
January 30, 2013 4:11 pm
LOL. Hey Good one dear. Even though, it is on me , I like it. :)
January 30, 2013 4:50 pm
I can understand anguish in minds of Pakistanis but can the Pakistanis try to find answers for the following: Do you really do not know the reason for this hostility ? Why should ICC penalise India when no other team is complaining ? Politics should not be mixed with sports but is terrorism is also politics ? Do you really think that your denials and deflections is enough to getaway with most outragoeus acts of violence by groups based in Pakistan and despite ban by UN they continue to flourish ? It is upto you. For a common man in India, talks and terror can not go hand in hand. This is our weapon, if cricket is casuality so it be.
January 30, 2013 5:39 pm
and India is most dangerous place in the world for women, just look at how regularly they are gangraped there and world's media provides ample coverage to this threat.
January 30, 2013 6:03 pm
well said
January 29, 2013 10:20 pm
And you are celebrated in the rest of the World.
January 29, 2013 10:16 pm
This is India ,unable to control its extremist group.
Jeewan Girewal
January 30, 2013 9:23 am
We Indians are smart in reality my dear friend. Even Pakistanis can be smart because we share common genetics. A Pakistanis will command respect only when he starts making contributions in correct directions. And that my friend, can come only with peace in your society.
Asad Ali
January 30, 2013 9:24 am
Mr Raja Security?????????? Its how guests are treated? Against handfull of Extremist Hindus! Reality my friend Reality
January 30, 2013 9:32 am
double standards of ICC and BCCI stand exposed.
January 30, 2013 9:46 am
Please withdraw your team if you are not satisfy with the arrangements. We treat our guests as god (Atithi Devo Bhavo) and we ensure their security as well. When the team is happy with the arrangements and saying that they used to get similar kind of arrangements in Pakistan also...why is so much anger? INDIA has given security to your countrymen, now tell us you really deserve to come and play in India after so much done to harm India?
January 30, 2013 9:49 am
Yes very unfortunate... so now all pakistanis should rise and force your government not to send terrorists to India from now on.
Ghalib Khan
January 30, 2013 10:12 am
The tournament should be not done in India, ICC are money hungry, This is an intolerable situation PCB should not send our team in such a situation.
January 30, 2013 6:11 pm
...the Sri lankan team almost got massacred in the sports loving country of Pakistan! Indeed the security levels of Pakistan is really bad!
January 30, 2013 6:16 pm
The most shameful was when the visiting Sri lankan cricket team almost got massacred in Pakistan! You Pakistanis.. I mean, look who's talking about shame and disgrace!
January 30, 2013 6:17 pm
Me also don't like this behavior of shiv sena . Yes they are confined to Mumbai. Its ridiculous decision by shiv sena . I also hate shiv sena they never come out of Mumbai and surrounding.
January 30, 2013 6:20 pm
Because your country has terrorist and blast and attack anywhere including people go for prayer. The scenario is different. Here in India its democratic way they are opposing not with gun and bomb.
January 30, 2013 6:34 pm
You know personal enmities aside. Is this how daughters are treated in India? People living in West when speak of India speak of Taj Mahal and Hospitality of Indians. Do they lie? What a shameful act. Every Indian should be ashamed tonight going to bed thinking you've got those girls there confined to a corner and afraid possibly, in your country.
January 30, 2013 6:41 pm
pakistan women cricket team play with burka or not bcoz as per pakistan sharia law all women specialy young women must wear burka so i m intrested how it look like when all 11 players of pakistan team member play in burka , if some one bowl in burka the apposition betsman always in two minds bcoz she didnt know from where ball is to come from right hand or left hand and if they batting bowler r so confused bcoz she didnt know where is the bat or the batsman are right handed or left handed so all my pakistani pls clearfy me how they play
January 30, 2013 6:48 pm
Don't worry. They are not reaching the finals - so no point of how and whether they play there. And if, they reach the finals indeed, they will play there safely. Our policemen might be pot-bellied and like some small change under the table, they are still good in saving lives of VIPs.
January 30, 2013 6:59 pm
Its hard to believe, unfortunately its happening, the world would be a better place without the likes of Shiva Sena and their divisive anti national politics. I dream of my country free of sectarian politics and extremism of any kind. On the other hand, womens cricket does not generate the enthusiasm and the money unlike mens cricket. I read the abysmal remuneration and facilities provided to (Indian) women cricketers in general. However, there is no excuse to provide enough facilities and securities for visiting teams, especially from Pakistan.
January 30, 2013 8:43 pm
As it happens I fully agree with every single comment which has been made on this subject by Pak. Friends.
Manmohan Mittal
January 31, 2013 12:28 pm
I can not do but laugh on this article..Atleast they are safe and treated well in India unlike Sri Lanka team was treated in Pakistan.. Also please look at this line on this Article : "Pakistan team manager Ayesha Ashar said the entire squad was happy with the arrangements made at the Barabati stadium"
January 30, 2013 9:36 pm
It is women's cricket ... not girls cricket :)
January 30, 2013 9:37 pm
Thats the difference ..we allowed someone to attack International cricketers where as Indians are making sure no one attacks them . So the difference is reactive vs pro-active.
January 30, 2013 9:38 pm
Thats the difference ..we allowed someone to attack International cricketers where as Indians are making sure no one attacks them . So the difference is reactive vs pro-active.
January 30, 2013 10:24 pm
yes, it is ! any doubts ??
January 30, 2013 11:08 pm
This is sad. I am an Indian. I wish your team luck. But I'd really like to say a few things here. Shiv Sena is disliked majorly in India. By most people. Hindus too and many of them Maharshtrians. And MAJORLY. I cannot stress enough on how much they use the strategy of divide-and-rule. They never kill but they riot and just create a slightly hostile environment for no reason. This is another excuse they have got to create a riot to appease to a small minority of people who think Shiv Sena's philosophy of 'we-maharashtrians-are-elite' is cool. But having said that most Indians dont have any intent to insult Pakistan's cricket team. Many who are reacting now are angry because somehow they have been accused of being extremist which they are not. In India all of us have plenty of Muslim friends. How can we be extremist, we have grown up with them and we pride ourselves on Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar just as much as the palaces of Rajasthan. why possibly this last minute step was taken was because Shiv Sena's threat came only at the last minute. Belive me if they harm your team, they will be condemned by the entire country. And their already shrinking vote bank will practically dissapear. I wish you luck. But try not to miscontrue. I know its hard for you to take this without feeling bad. But I hope you understand the compulsions.
January 30, 2013 9:17 am
At least we gave shelter with security to your team. Our team not even dare to land in your country. If you are not satisfy with the arrangements....please withdraw your team immediately.
Salimkhan Shadit
January 30, 2013 1:40 pm
Totally agreed, our ladies are playing wearing men's clothes , this is against Shariya.
True Indian
January 30, 2013 1:48 pm
raja hindustani
January 30, 2013 1:55 pm
What you said is true.....but senti mat ho bhai...!!!
January 30, 2013 2:14 pm
It's an utter shame and a total lack of self respect being shown from the Pakistan side. After the Hockey players were sent back and now this, why Pakistan keep going there? Indians have proved time and again that they condone the actions of the extremists otherwise they would have taken actions against the terrorist organization e.g. Shiv Sena. Pakistan squad must have come back or the tournament must have been canceled and moved to some other country. ICC would have been so quick to move the tournament had the same events occurred in Pakistan.
January 30, 2013 2:18 pm
You should worry about your own security in India. Look at the latest Shah Rukh Khan's example. This is the real face of this so called biggest democracy and the world must come to see a country ruled and lived by extremists.
Anis Abbas
January 30, 2013 8:24 am
If you are not happy with the arrangements, you can withdraw your team. We are capable to host large scale events (read World Cup) and unlike you we know how to protect our guests.
January 30, 2013 8:27 am
People, pray that the Pakistani team doesn't lose a match to India, because if that happens, Rehman Malik is going to say that India is starting a war because they lost a cricket match...:-)
January 30, 2013 8:33 am
Dear Raja, you all also know, how much BCCI earned from Pakistan men's tour, and how much Pakistani artist earn for their employers. What about behavior with blind cricket team, Women cricket team and students who went to attend Jaipur Festival, all of those were representing Pakistan and with no monetary benefits for Indian people; Let alone hokey player and exclusion of cricketers from IPL.
January 30, 2013 8:38 am
Thanks Dawn, the answers: 1. What decisive role? Should ICC banned India from international cricket or change the venue? Is it possible or economical for only for one country ICC should change the vanue at the last moment? 2. May be, extra ordinary situation need extra ordinary arrangement. It is a fact that world cricket is run by the fund of which 40% is generated in India. But why the situation so aggravated suddenly? Just last month Pakistani team had played 3 one day and 2 T20 in various venues in India with out any threat or compulsion (staying at the stadium) 3. I think Pakistani team will be much more determined and do not have any pressure of traveling. So this may a blessing in disguise for them. 4. It is Pakistan to decide. But frankly speaking, it is just over hyped. There may not be much problem for Pakistan team to play in Mumbai.
anand singh
January 30, 2013 7:14 am
This is unfortunate. However, it should give an indication of the level of resentment that was caused by events on the LC. Still, as mentioned in the article since the conditions are similar to what the ladies get at home & they are happy it seems ok.
January 30, 2013 11:42 am
There are some bad elements in Dallas too
Saeed Masood
January 30, 2013 7:12 am
The behavior of the people is the real scale to measure the nation,the Indians are are just doing what they are,I do not under stand why we Pakistanis behave like chicken,we must build a strong self respect....I sencerely hope that Pakistani girls will come strong and face the situation and beat the hell out of all the teams.
January 30, 2013 6:51 am
Why on Earth our Govt. sent the Team to this hostile environment and why on Earth ICC didn't do anything to shift the venue of World Cup to another country. Again ICC showed it's double standards..had this incident taken place at any other Asian Country, they would have changed the venue for World Cup. But ICC is acting like a slave to BCCI. It's shameful that you are subjecting women cricket team to abuse and hostility. But when it comes to shame ICC and BCCI seems not to have any.
January 30, 2013 6:32 am
As an Indian i feel very bad at the total immature behavior from Indian public. We have promised to host a nation team for the world cup and as a nation we should honor the promise at any cost. By shifting the venue from Mumbai to Cuttack we have given in to the mob justice, which is a very dangerous precedent.
January 30, 2013 6:04 am
so they,the indians,will be attacking women,hmmm....keeping in mind all that does happen in india to their wome,not surprising!
January 30, 2013 5:57 am
This is ridiculous. I am quite surprised how PCB is allowing this. Pakistan team should just simply come back. ICC doesn't care about our team and hence will never change the venue. Sadly, ICC is ruled by BCCI rather than BCCI being ruled by ICC. Really very sad.
Abhishek Singh
January 30, 2013 4:42 am
just like there are handfull of moderate voices like you that exist there , there are just one or two Media instituion at our place that call or refer you as "Extremist" otherwise no one really Cares.....I hope you really dont allow them to Speak for your nation...Good Luck to your team .....May the best team win (and i klnow its India) ;)
January 30, 2013 4:42 am
Only pakistan is responsible for all of this...
Gary Sahi
January 30, 2013 4:31 am
I am an Indian but I don't feel right about this somehow. It is the Government's duty to provide security to the visiting guests no matter how grave is the threat. When you call someone to your home, you should also know how to play a good guest also.
Basharat Rasool
January 30, 2013 4:31 am
I must ask one simple question at this critical moment, why the world cricket governing body ICC hasn't show any involvement to investigate this hypocrisy and unhuman reception of indian government as well as its board to one International team for the competition. No matter, how strong the team is, the main thing come in this situation the humanity. They should respect their guests, give excellent facilities to them. Also, i'm not happy in the way our board responded to this situation. I think, they don't want other countries to respect us. They should call our team back as soon as they come to know about this decision from Indian government as well as the board. This women team not the beggars or humble individuals but they are the people who represent our country on world stage.
January 30, 2013 2:21 pm
Yeah and you keep supporting your terrorist organization. What a shame for this biggest democracy who has bowed down to extremists. Pakistan at least is fighting against the extremists whereas Indians are supporting them. But don't worry your time will come too when the real face of India is slowly exposed to the world.
Iftikhar Husain
January 30, 2013 12:41 pm
It is a sad time for the sport to give way to the right wing forces but there are fanatics everywhere. The media must play a part to educate the people that hate is not religion.
Srini (Dallas,TX)
January 30, 2013 4:17 am
Bad elements are there in India but in small numbers just like good elements are small in Pakistan.
True Indian
January 30, 2013 4:02 am
No. Its not just Indian Media it's the world media too....
True Indian
January 30, 2013 4:06 am
India will do anything and everything to ensure safety of players....The players would be given 5-star facilities in the stadium itself....grow up Pakistan (I would be the billionth guy to have asked Pakistan to grow up but I know its of no use)
Azhar Hussain
January 30, 2013 12:50 pm
If this happened in Pakistan all hell would have broken lose. All those Indians who are laughing and supporting this would be on the other side. Having said total blame lies on our spineless board and government. Call our girls home and tell them never again will we have any interaction for another 100 years.
January 30, 2013 2:42 am
I'm an Indian and I hate Shiv Sena for this. It's really unfortunate. Thank GOD that they are confined to city in and around Mumbai only. Rest of the India hates them and they have no place there
January 30, 2013 2:36 am
How can any sport loving country can do that..Is security level of indians that bad?
January 30, 2013 1:33 am
Indians keep on humiliating us and our Ministers' and government wants to make India MFN...........dahh...Rahman Malik and alike bend over for Indians. Lets have pride. Indians do not allow GEO ARY or any Pakistan channel but our Cable operator and PEMRA are spineless to show
January 30, 2013 1:41 am
now what is the rational of not coming to Pakistan. We can confined the visiting team to Gaddafi Stadium and they will be safe.
January 30, 2013 12:59 am
It means India has failed to provide security to the team or stay in their hotels is not safe or they cannot control Shiv Sena ?? It appears to be very depressing for the team? I will not blame if they loose all the matches. Ideally Pakistan should have never sent the team in such a fearful environment.
January 30, 2013 8:24 am
I just hope they don't lose a match against India, because now we already have the seeds of a very convenient conspiracy theory...:-)
Rizwan Hamid USA
January 30, 2013 10:30 am
Shame on ICC and PCB and all that say this not a big issue. Why was the tounament not stopped if security is inadequate. While, other teams practice among themselves, Pakistan is playing a 3rd rate local team twice. IMAGINE this.: Olympics in a middle eastern country and militants threaten violence if Isreal comes to play . Do you think they will just shun the Isreali team to a small town, holed up in a club hose in the intrest of the games??. And if they did, they would ban all muslim countries from sport all together. Why did PCB not threaten legal action on the spot. If India cannot control their violence, then India should not be allowed to hold cricket matches. The Pak Govt should have stepped in to threaten legal action against ICC for their double standards and imediately gotten a court injunction in India to stop the tournament unless this is resolved. ( and shame on Pak Govt for doing nothing) If they won't stand up for their own team, don't expect others to come and play in Pakistan. Violence is just an excuse that western teams will use for as long as they can to avoid going to Pakistan. Their boys don't enjoy going to a country where their is no liqor, night clubs or casual female company avalible for amusement. I wonder how Pakistan would have reacted if the same was happening in the men's World Cup. Would they still accept it? If not, then shame on the whole nation for treating women as second class. Well done Pakistan,you have shown your own true colors of discrimination against your own sisters and daughters, what to talk of others discriminating against you. With tears in my eyes, I have no more to say how I feel about my own country and the utter lack of unity of purpose when our national intrests are at stake.
Akil Akhtar
January 29, 2013 11:17 pm
What else do you expect in an anti Pakistan and intolerant society. Shame on us who keep treating visiting indians as super stars....
January 29, 2013 10:55 pm
Maybe they could withdraw as a mark of protest...
January 29, 2013 10:30 pm
Expressing anger against terror is not extemism.
January 29, 2013 9:21 pm
its good.. atleast pakistani women are playing...
January 29, 2013 9:47 pm
What Conditions man.... authorities are being cautious and giving them the fair show.... what else would you expect..
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