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SBD Global/January 17, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Women's Cricket World Cup Could Face Relocation Following Indo-Pak Border Tension
Published January 17, 2013
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LOCAL VIEWS: The PTI noted the Mumbai Cricket Association and local police authorities suggested to the ICC that it would be better if matches involving Pakistan in the women's tournament "are shifted out of the city." An MCA official said, "It was told [to ICC representative] that adequate security could be provided to the women cricketers. But the public feeling on the issue was also conveyed, and it was mentioned in the current scenario that it would be difficult to stop political parties [from protesting against Pakistan women's team] if the matches are held here." Another MCA official said that there is "specific threat of disruption of the matches from the Shiv Sena" (PTI, 1/16). The PTI reported the Gujarat Cricket Association "has refused to host" the upcoming Women's World Cup, after the "skeptical" BCCI approached it with a "verbal" proposal to host the tournament in its city of Ahmedabad. Rising tension at the Line of Control, after Pakistan's violation of the ceasefire and the killing of Indian soliders, has led to protests by Shiv Sena in Mumbai against the Pakistani players' participation in the ongoing Hockey India League, "prompting all the franchisees to send back their Pakistani recruits" (PTI, 1/16).