Women's World Cup 2013: ICC confirms Cuttack as venue for Pakistan's matches

Pakistan’s matches in the ICC Women’s World Cup will be held at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack © AFP

Mumbai: Jan 25, 2013

The ICC on Friday, confirmed that some of the Women’s World Cup matches have been relocated to Cuttack but the summit clash of the mega event will be played in Mumbai as scheduled.

In the wake of protests by Hindu Hardliner Shiv Sena, the organisers were forced to move the Group B matches, involving Pakistan, out of Mumbai.

The stand of the political outfit was due to the tension at the LoC, where two Indian soldiers were killed by Pakistani troops recently.

“The ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 will be staged in two Indian cities with Mumbai still hosting the majority of games and some group and Super Six stage matches being relocated to Cuttack,” an ICC release said.

Pakistan’s matches will be held at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack. The final remains scheduled for the Brabourne Stadium, in Mumbai on 17 February, the release added.

It will be interesting to see what happens if Pakistan qualify for the final of the eight-team tournament, beginning on January 31.

“I am grateful for all the support ICC has received from the Board of Control for Cricket in India [BCCI] during a difficult situation. We are also indebted to the Odisha Cricket Association for making excellent grounds available at such short notice,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said.