Sana Mir regrets Pakistan Women’s seclusion

For every tourist in Cuttack, a visit to the remains of the Barabati Fort and the Deer Park not very far from it, on the banks of the Mahanadi River, is a must. However, despite being based at walking distance from both, the Pakistan Women’s team can’t take a trip to either.

Not just because they are focused on making their presence felt at the ongoing Women’s World Cup. It has more to do with security reasons, after tension on the Indo-Pak border in the lead-up to the tournament had put a question mark over their participation.

As a result, Pakistan has had to stay apart from the other three teams in their group, who are all put up in the same hotel in Cuttack’s twin city of Bhubaneswar; Pakistan stay within the Barabati Stadium premises, at the adjoining Odisha Cricket Association Academy. On the upside, the academy’s accommodation boasts facilities as good as any other hotel in town and the team doesn’t have to take the one-hour bus ride to and from the stadium every day. Read more
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