Cuttack: Pakistan Women's Cricket Team today returned from Odisha with "sweet" personal experiences even as their journey in the ICC World Cup was not "so pleasant" as was expected of them.
"We express deep gratitude to Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) for allowing us to play the World Cup matches at Barabati Stadium. We are returning with sweet experiences," Pakistan Team skipper Sana Mir said at the farewell dinner hosted by OCA on the eve of their departure.
Asked to elaborate on the "sweet experiences", Sana said the team members were offered delicious sweets every day. "I specially liked the 'Chena Poda which is not available in Pakistan", she said.
Besides "Chenna Poda", the players were served with "Rasabali", "Khir Sagar", "Malpua", Chena Jhili" and many such sweets.
During their 12-day stay at the OCA Club in Barabati Stadium due to security reasons, the players and team members were provided delicious food and other amenities by OCA.
Besides Sangh Parivar, certain political parties had staged demostrations almost every day opposing Pakistan's participation in the world cup.
Showering praise on the OCA which hosted the ICC Women's World Cup matches at a short notice, the Pakistan Team manager Basit Ali said, "I have toured worldwide. But the kind of affection we got in Odisha cannnot be described in words. We feel like leaving behind our own country".