Second venue likely for women’s World Cup

A decision on Pakistan’s participation in the Women’s World Cup is likely to be taken on Friday, with the addition of a second venue in India the most likely solution. There has been uncertainty over India’s willingness to host Pakistan in Mumbai – as of now the sole venue – following recent political tensions and the threats of a regional party to disrupt the tournament; staging Pakistan’s matches in another city in the same country could bypass that problem.

Both the BCCI, the hosting country, and the ICC were tight-lipped amid growing media speculation about whether Pakistan would play the tournament but late in the day the organisers confirmed that the tournament – from January 28 to February 14 – would be played in India.

“The World Cup will happen in India. It will take place at two venues. As for the Pakistan team, the BCCI and ICC are trying to work on an alternate venue. It will be finalised tomorrow,” a BCCI official told ESPNcricnfo. Read more