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Cup may go to UAE or Sri Lanka

Ranchi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) is looking at two options to save the January 31-February 17 women’s World Cup, still scheduled to be held at venues across Mumbai.

According to a well-placed source of The Telegraph, option No.1 is to move the group B matches out of Mumbai; option No. 2 is to shift the tournament to either the UAE or Sri Lanka.

If the World Cup is relocated to another country, then a postponement is likely.

The much in-the-news Group B features Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and South Africa.

What’s clear is that the Pakistani women can’t play in Mumbai, not after the Shiv Sena has left nobody in doubt that it’s opposed to sportsmen and sportswomen from across the western border.

There’s talk that the group B matches could be moved either to Chennai or Calcutta, but the Cricket Association of Bengal, at least, has not been in a dialogue with the Dubai-headquartered ICC.

Not till Wednesday evening, at least.

The Pakistan Cricket Board remains concerned about security. That the local officials in Mumbai want Pakistan’s matches shifted out of the city has only made it more wary.

Either way, a decision has to be made “within 48 hours.”