Pak WC women team sleeping in Barabati stadium instead of hotel over security reasons

Last Updated: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 05:30 hrs

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 has said.

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, reports The News.

An ICC spokeswoman said the body chose to use the Barabati stadium club-house after considering all options and the best security for the teams.

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 shifted 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.

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

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