The uncertainty over Pakistan playing in the Women's World Cup was finally laid to rest on Friday when the ICC gave green signal to the BCCI's proposal to host Pakistan's matches in Cuttack.
In fact, the whole of Group B - in which the Pakistan team is placed - has been shifted
out of Mumbai. The change in venue has been necessitated after Shiv Sainiks and other right-wing party activists threatened to disrupt matches involving Pakistan.
Though there's no official yet, tournament director Suru Nayar confirmed the development. "The ICC has given the go-ahead. We are working with them closely on the logistics and reworking the fixtures," Nayak said.
The Group B matches, consisting Pakistan, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand will be held at two venues, Barabati Stadium and DRIEMS Cricket Ground.
It will be interesting to see where the knock-out matches will be played involving Pakistan. When asked, Nayak was non-commital and said the ICC will take the call.