Bangalore, Jan 29: How safe is it to make Pakistan women stay at the club house of Barabati stadium? Does it mean that the club house is safer than any of the star hotels in the city?
If the BCCI can afford to host the World Cup matches in the country, shouldn't the Board concentrate on the visiting team's accomodation? Since their visit drew a lot of attention, especially from Shivsena as they threatened to disrupt Pakistan matches if they were played at Mumbai.
Due to protests, the venue of Pakistan matches had to be shifted to Cuttack. Amidst all chaos, the team arrived at Orissa but to their disappointment, none of the star hotels were ready to accomodate the visitors.
According to a TOI report, Bajrang Dal and Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) had warned the hoteliers in Bhuvaneshwar against offering hospitality to Pakistan players, which forced the authorities to make arrangements at the stadium.
Moreover, the officials have stated travelling from Bhuvaneshwar to Cuttack could be solved if they were housed at the stadium.
"The accommodation of the Pakistan team had turned out to be a headache for us, but finally we have managed to solve the problem," said an OCA official.
Though the officials ensure that there will be tight security during the matches, doesn't it sound ridiculous to house them at a club house of the stadium.
The Barabati Stadium's club house with a capacity of 1200 could be a good place to sit and relax, but definitely not for staying at the stadium.
It would have been better if the Board had made arrangements to accomodate them at a service apartment in the city if the hoteliers were warned and threatened. If not, the Board shouldn't have agreed to host the World Cup matches in India.
Irrespective of religion, women have been deprived of respect over many fields, this being just another field that continues to hurt women. A country that is crazy about cricket, considers the game as a religion shows different kind of respect to women playing the same game has become a topic of debate.
Infact the act has created a bad impression on the Board exposing the way it treats women cricketers!