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Zaka: ICC responsible for security

Karachi: The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Zaka Ashraf, has said that security of the national women’s team in the World Cup in India remained the responsibility of the ICC.

A worried Ashraf told reporters in Gujranwala on Tuesday that the Board was in touch with the ICC on a daily basis over the security issues facing the team ahead of the World Cup.

The ICC has moved Pakistan’s pool matches from Mumbai to Cuttack after some political parties in India made it clear they wouldn’t allow the Pakistani players to play in Mumbai.

But even after moving the Pakistan matches to Odisha, protests have continued in parts of India, including Cuttack, leaving the PCB worried for the safety of the players.

“We have been asking the ICC about the situation on a daily basis and have asked them whether the security of our players will be satisfactory in Cuttack. The ICC has told us they are monitoring the situation and will update us accordingly in a day or two,” Ashraf said.

The PCB chief said Pakistan had no problem playing in India or sending its team to India.

“But I think in this case where our women cricketers are involved it is the responsibility of the ICC to see they are safe and their security is good. At the moment we are satisfied but we are also monitoring the situation closely.”