Pakistan Women squad to stay in Cuttack's Barabati Stadium

Pakistan Women will have facilities similar to a five star hotel © AFP

Cuttack: Jan 28, 2013

Following the protests against their participation in the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup 2013, the Pakistan Women side has been given accommodation inside Cuttack’s Barabati Stadium.

According to Times of India, political parties such as the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Bajrang Dal has issued warnings against hosting the Pakistani side, has resulted in many posh hotels showing lack of interest in receiving the neighbours.

“The Pakistani players would have faced trouble while travelling from Bhubaneswar to Cuttack for the matches. So we have arranged for their accommodation on the Barabati Stadium premises,” Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) secretary Asirbad Behera said.

“The accommodation of the Pakistan team had turned out to be a headache for us, but finally we have managed to solve the problem,” said an OCA official.

Other political parties such as Kalinga Sena and Utkal Bharat have also threatened to disrupt the matches involving Pakistan Women.

Behera informed that facilities equivalent to a five star hotel will be provided at the Club House in the stadium where the players will stay.

“The Club House is equipped with a world class gymnasium and swimming pool. Other arrangements have also been made to provide the best facilities to the Pakistani players,” he said.

Around 500 security personnel have been deployed at the stadium, which will be monitored by as many as 55 CCTV cameras.

Director general of police (DGP) Prakash Mishra said, “Matches involving the Pakistan team will be played at Barabati and elaborate arrangements have been made to ensure foolproof security to the players.”

Only two galleries will be opened for visitors, who will be thoroughly checked during Pakistan Women’s matches. “Only gallery number 1 and 2 will be opened for visitors. Visitors will be allowed to enter the stadium after a thorough scanning by security personnel. We have also appealed to visitors not to bring any water bottles and food packets along,” said Behera.