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ICC Women’s World Cup: Pak women’s cricket team at ease despite Shiv Sena threat

Mumbai, Jan 17 (): In spite of the restlessness spread due to  Shiv Sena’s protests in Mumbai, Pakistan’s women’s national cricket team remained to be strong-minded to go ahead with the ICC Women’s World Cup tournament even after the return of the Pakistan hockey players from India.

Pakistan women’s cricket team is observed to be enthusiastic with their preparations for the ICC Women’s World Cup which is about to commence on January 31 in Mumbai. In the wake of widespread cross-border tensions, the Shiv Sena party has threatened to disrupt the league if Pakistan players get hold of the field.

The Pakistan women team’s participation in the World Cup is said to be in danger as the development has put the entire process in uncertainty, with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) asking the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the matter.

BCCI President N Srinivasan said that information regarding the matter has been passed to the ICC and it might come out with an answer after examining the issue.

Reports said that the match will probably be shifted over to Ahmedabad. However, the PCB has demanded to arrange strict security measures for the team following protest by the Shiv Sena.

After the return of Pakistan hockey players due to the ongoing protest in Mumbai, the PCB is believed to have contacted the ICC seeking appropriate security arrangements to the players or to change the venue, said a PCB spokesperson.

Meanwhile, Pakistan women’s team manager Ayesha Ashar has shown enormous interest in participating in the major tournament and also said that the team has no fear in taking part in the game and is eagerly waiting to participate in the competition.

The team which is set for a departure on January 26 will be playing four practice matches during training hour. So far things are going in the right track, said team manager Ayesha Ashar.