Ashraf blames 'security fears'

Islamabad: The Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf claimed that its women's cricket team finished last in the World Cup due to the "overwhelming security fears" in India which led to their matches being shifted from Mumbai to Cuttack.

Ashraf levelled allegations to the extent of hotels "refusing to provide security" to their cricketers. "The situation was uncertain for the women's team and players were overwhelmed by fears as no hotel was willing to give them security," Ashraf stated after talks with Interior Minister Rehman Malik.

Pakistan manager Ayesha Ashar had earlier said that the squad was happy with the arrangements made at the Barabati Stadium.

[PCB general manager (media) Nadeem Sarwar had told The Telegraph on January 31: "We have no issues at all… Our players are happy with the arrangements.] (agencies)

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