Although the BCCI or the International Cricket Council are yet to make an official announcement, tournament director Suru Naik confirmed that the matches will be shifted to Cuttack in Odisha. All the teams in group B comprising New Zealand,
Pakistan, Australia and South Africa will play their matches in Cuttak and a fresh schedule is being worked out. The BCCI had been looking for alternative venues ever since the tension at the Indo-Pak border escalated, forcing all the nine Pakistani hockey players taking part in the high-profile Hockey India League, to return home without playing a single match.
Originally, the entire tournament was scheduled to be held in Mumbai but fears of wide spread protests by Shiv Sena and other right-wing organisations against the Pakistan team prompted MCA to ask BCCI for an alternative venue.
The eight-team Women's World Cup is scheduled to begin on January 31 and culminate on February 17 Apart from the Barabati stadium in Cuttack, the Wankhede Stadium, Cricket Club of India's Brabourne Stadium, the Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) Bandra-Kurla Complex ground and the MIG Club in Bandra are the venues for the matches. As per the schedule, Pakistan team is set to arrive in India on January 26.
Do Odissa people dont respect the Indian Flag. Are they not countrymen.Then why shifting of all this Pakis matches fron here & there, just abolish it all over India. We Indians love cricket,but that doesnt means that that cricket is above India. This is for all central or state govts. dont take any state for granted. Fire is in each & every Indian's heart. BCCI should understand this 1st.We should 1st ban this Paki cricketers rest will follow automatically. Our SOLDIERS are GREATER than this Pakis, who come here just to earn money, because there everything is rot, not even a dog smells them. We Indians are much more prouder for our country INDIA then our netas. So please request to each & every Indian to stay away from this Pakis. REST GOD HELP US