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SBD Global/January 30, 2013/Leagues and Governing Bodies

Former Players 'Lash Out' At ICC, BCCI For Housing Pakistan Team At Stadium Instead Of Hotel

The Pakistan Cricket Board has "remained silent" on the decision by the Int'l Cricket Council to allow the organizers of the Women's World Cup in India to house the Pakistan team at a stadium instead of a hotel, according to the PTI. However, former players have "lashed out" at the ICC and the Board of Control for Cricket in India over the decision. Former Test leg spinner Abdul Qadir said that the state of affairs prevailing in the Women's World Cup was a "sad commentary on the state of relations between Pakistan and India and the role of the ICC." Qadir: "I would like to see more cricketing ties between the two countries, but for this Indian political parties need to keep sports away from politics. I wish our women do well in the World Cup. It would mean and say a lot about the character of Pakistan cricket." Another former captain Rashid Latif said that he was "really disappointed to learn about this development." Latif said, "The point is that if the Indian Board can't guarantee security of all the participating teams in the World Cup why did not the ICC act and shift the event to some other country where the Pakistan team could also enjoy the event as other teams" (PTI, 1/29).
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