WOMEN'S CRICKET TEAM TO SLEEP IN STADIUM

The Pakistan women's cricket team will be living out of the Barabati Stadium clubhouse for the duration of the Women's World Cup which starts on Thursday for security reasons.

The venue in Cuttack, India, was chosen by the International Cricket Council for the team's living quarters after India's Shiv Sena right-wing party threatened to disrupt Pakistan's games in protest against recent skirmishes along the line of control between the two countries.

It was said in an ICC statement: "The ICC considered all options and the best security for the teams."

Cuttack was added as a venue only this month to accommodate Pakistan, and remove it from Mumbai, where the entire tournament was originally scheduled to be played.

Pakistan's move also forced organisers to shift fellow Group B teams Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to Cuttack, as well as some Super Six and Play-Off games. However, the final will be in Mumbai on February 17th.

Cricket relations between the two countries were revived last month when the Pakistan men's team travelled to India for a short tour of limited-overs games. That was the first bilateral series between the neighbours in five years, as relations turned sour after a terror attack on Mumbai in 2008, in which 166 people were killed, and which India blamed Pakistan.

Posted on 29/01/2013