Women's WC '13: BCCI requests ICC for venue change

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Updated: Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 16:03 [IST]
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BCCI wants Women's WC '13 venue changed

Mumbai, Jan 15: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to write a letter to the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday and expressed Mumbai Cricket Association's concerns about hosting Pakistan in the Women's World Cup matches at Mumbai and requested ICC to change the venue.

BCCI President N Srinivasan said that the board had informed the ICC about the issue and has requested the cricketing body to take a decision on the same.

"We have informed the ICC about it. They will have to examine and take a view," he said after the meeting.

BCCI Working committee meeting that was held today at Mumbai discussed about hosting Pakistan matches at Brabourne stadium and the possible shift from the venue.

Due to security concerns BCCI has requested ICC to change the venue from Brabourne Stadium.

Pakistan is scheduled to play three league matches at Mumbai, while all the other matches are also scheduled to be played at Mumbai (The Wankhede Stadium, Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium, the Mumbai Cricket Association's Bandra Kurla Complex ground and the MIG Club in Bandra are the venues) has raised more problems over security.

Rising tension at the LoC, after Pakistan's violation of the ceasefire, has led to protests by Shiv Sena against the Pakistani players' participation in the ongoing Hockey India League, prompting the Mumbai franchise to shift to Delhi for its practice sessions.

This has further created a lot of tension as BCCI also has requested ICC to change the venue of the World Cup matches from Mumbai to some other venue.

The tournament spread across 18 days is starting on Jan 31 as the final will be played on Feb 17, 2013.

Match 1: Group B; Aus Vs Pak - Jan 31, 2013

Match 5: Group B; NZ vs Pak - Feb 3, 2013

Match 9: Group B; Pak Vs SA - Feb 5, 2013

Other matches including super eights, quarterfinals, semifinals and final at Brabourne Stadium.

With the proposal being sent to ICC, it remains to be seen if ICC obliges to BCCI request.


Story first published:  Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 15:03 [IST]
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