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Tight security at Pak practice

Cuttack: Amid tight security, Pakistan’s women cricketers Monday had their first practice session at the Barabati Stadium, one of the venues for the upcoming ICC Women’s World Cup.

They practised for four hours even as a small group of agitators staged a demonstration outside the venue. “Barabati Stadium and its arrangements are more like in Pakistan. We are happy with the facilities provided to us by the organisers,” Pakistan team manager Ayesha Ashhar told reporters.

Coach Basit Ali echoed similar sentiments and said his team will have an edge over others as they would be practising and playing at the same ground.

“We will play positive cricket in the World Cup. Our players are confident,” one of the coaches, referring to their opening match against Australia on February 1, said.

(Agencies)