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Pakistan Team housed in Stadium Club House for security reasons: OCA

 

Wednesday July 06, 2016

Women's Cricket World Cup 2013, Odisha, Pakistan  
 

With all promises from the Odisha government about the safety of visiting cricket teams and a good response from general public, OCA, BCCI and ICC are quite confident that the series of matches would be held peacefully in Odisha.

 
Basudev Mahapatra  
 

Barabati stadium in Odisha’s Cuttack city is fully ready to host the group B matches of women’s world cup 2013. All four teams – Pakistan, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa - have arrived in the station. Three of the visiting teams stay in a luxury hotel in Bubaneswar whereas the Pakistan team is housed at the Club House of Barabati Stadium.

“In view of some opposition to the Pakistan team, we discussed with the state police about the safety of the visiting international cricket teams. We wanted to house all four teams in Bhubaneswar. But as the teams are to travel to cuttack for every match, the Director General of Police (DGP), Odisha, advised to keep them inside the stadium,” said Ashirbad Behera, Secretary of Odisha Cricket Association (OCA), adding that “the stadium club house has all star hotel facilities including a world class gym and a swimming pool for the guests. It’s only after seeing the facilities that the DGP advised to house the team here.”

 

“We are very happy to be here and we are very happy with the management. They have given us all facilities,” said Pakistan Team Manager Ayesha Ashar to media persons after the practice session, a day after the team arrived in Cuttack and housed in the Club House.

On the news that came in several media including a few Pakistani media about refusal of star category hotels in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack to accommodate the visiting cricket team members, the Secretary said such a news is completely wrong. All major hotels were ready to house the teams. But, as the decision of world cup matches to be played in Barabati Stadium came in a short notice, some of the hotels couldn’t offer with bookings for a complete fortnight. They already had bookings for some days in between. Considering that shifting the teams during their stay would be indecent, we went for hotels that offered us continuous days for booking and we chose ‘Hotel Empires’.”

Behera also said, “Even though hotels were ready to house all four teams with their facilities, it was decided to provide accommodation to the Pakistan team in the stadium Club House because of security reasons only.”

Arrived in Cuttack on January 28, Pakistan team started its practice the very next day and has played two warm-up matches with the Odisha women’s cricket team till January 30.

The New Zealand and Australian teams arrived on January 30 in the morning. New Zealand team also started its practice in the East Coast Railway Stadium in Bhubaneswar the same afternoon.

“With all promises from the Odisha government about the safety of players and a good response from general public, OCA, BCCI and ICC are quite confident that the series of matches would be held peacefully in Odisha. We are going to work upto the trust of ICC and BCCI on us,” said OCA Secretary Ashirbad Behera.

 
 

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