<br /> <div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Women's World Cup 2013: Zaka Ashraf wants ICC to shift tournament to South Africa" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130116203938.jpg" title="Women's World Cup 2013: Zaka Ashraf wants ICC to shift tournament to South Africa" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Tensions between India and Pakistan at the border has made the BCCI skeptical about hosting its neighbours in Mumbai © AFP</p> </div> <strong>New Delhi: Jan 16, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (<a href="/tags/BCCI/post" target="_blank">BCCI</a>) being skeptical about hosting the Women's World Cup in Mumbai due to simmering tension on the Indo-Pak border, Pakistan Cricket Board chief, <a href="/tags/Zaka-Ashraf/post" target="_blank">Zaka Ashraf</a>, on Wednesday suggested that the quadrennial extravaganza be shifted to South Africa.<br /> <br /> Anticipating trouble due to Pakistani players' participation in the event, to be held in Mumbai, the BCCI had sought the ICC's help in taking a final call on whether to stick to the original venue or change it for the team from across the border in order to avoid security hassles.<br /> <br /> "Women's World Cup is an<a href="/tags/ICC/post" target="_blank"> ICC</a> event and if the security is not good enough in India, then the world governing body should consider shifting it to a neutral venue like South Africa or somewhere," he said.<br /> <br /> "I would want to leave it on ICC to decide. The entire tournament has to go to a neutral venue and a few matches cannot be shifted to another country and rest play somewhere else.<br /> <br /> "It has to be in a peaceful manner. If it happens in India then there should be proper security arrangement, otherwise it could be shifted to a neutral venue," Ashraf told 'Times Now'.<br /> <br /> The PCB chief insisted that South Africa could be a good alternative, in case India fails to provide security to the Pakistani women's team.<br /> <br /> "ICC is still considering options and trying to look for venues where cricket can be played. South Africa could be a good option because of the weather, good infrastructure and strong cricket at the domestic level," he said.<br /> <br /> Asked if he is keen on the tournament be shifted to <a href="/tags/South-Africa/post" target="_blank">South Africa</a>, Ashraf said, "I am not saying that. The first option should be India but if the BCCI is unable to host it then I am saying the second option could be South Africa."<br /> <br /> Ashraf, however, said that he was open to the idea of Pakistan's matches bing held in cities other than Mumbai where the state is willing to give security.<br /> <br /> "There is no problem. As far as arrangements and security are concerned, if BCCI can provide those it is fine."<br /> <br /> Reacting to reports that the ICC might decide to go ahead with the tournament in India without the Pakistan team, Ashraf said "it is an international event and I don't think ICC can say that".<br /> <br /> "Definitely, Women's World Cup cannot take place without Pakistan. We haven't heard anything like that. They (ICC) cannot say that without Pakistan the event will go on. I think that looks a bit strange because Pakistan is a full member and we have a very good women's team.<br /> <br /> "So if the tour has to go on in India, the security has to be provided by the BCCI and the Indian government," Ashraf stressed.<br /> <br /> "Our team is getting ready and they are having camps. I am so sorry that there have been some developments in the borders but sports should go on. If we stop sports then people to people contact will be affected. I think everyone should restrain and try to do the damage control," he added.<br /> <br /> Ashraf said he had no information regarding the two commentators, <a href="/tags/Wasim-Akram/post" target="_blank">Wasim Akram</a> and <a href="/tags/Ramiz-Raja/post" target="_blank">Ramiz Raja</a> -- they are part of the commentary team for the ongoing India-England ODI series -- being asked to return home.<br /> <br /> "I have no information. They are also not aware of any such move. But I will advice them to stay back and I think the government should provide them security," he concluded.