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ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- West Indies
Women's team will have a two-week
camp in England as part of their prepa-
ration for the International Cricket
Council's Women's World Cup later
The Windies are the most improved team
in women's cricket and will look to add
the 50-over title to the ICC World T20
title they won at Eden Gardens in Kolka-
ta, in April, 2016. They were runners-up
when the 50-over World Cup was played
in Mumbai, India four years ago.
West Indies secured one of four auto-
matic qualification spots for the eight-
team tournament, which starts on June
26 and runs until July 23, with the final
at Lord's. Bristol and Derby will host the
semi-finals while Leicester and Taunton
are the other venues.
The others automatic qualifiers for the
World Cup are: Australia, England and New
Zealand. The final four teams will be de-
cided after the ICC Qualifiers tournament
in February in Sri Lanka. Josina Luke, the
WICB's Project Officer, Women's cricket,
outlined the details behind the camp and
the team's preparation for the World Cup.
"We made arrangements for the team
to assemble in England in early June for
their camp ahead of the World Cup. We
want to offer them all the support we can
as we look to add the 50-over title to the
T20 title," Luke said.
"This should provide them with ideal
preparation as they get acclimatized to
the conditions and look to win another
major international title. The team has
improved a lot since the last World Cup
in India, when they reached their first in-
ternational final. We are good contenders
to win this time around."
WICB will depend on
The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will
do their own independent assessment of the
security in Pakistan and will not depend on
any other body, so says WICB director Azim
Yesterday, the Federation of International
Cricketers' Associations issued a report which
strongly suggests that overseas players decline
to participate in the 2017 Pakistan Super League
Final due to concerns over player safety.
In the report, FICA has warned that the risk
level in Pakistan remains "at an extremely elevated
state" and that "an acceptable level of partici-
pant security and safety cannot be expected or
Organisers have already announced that the final
will be played in Lahore on March 7, as planned,
whether overseas players take part or not. If they
decline to travel, they will be replaced by players
from Pakistan. All earlier games in the tournament
will be played in the UAE.
But the FICA report would appear to reduce the
chances of overseas players participating. While
FICA does not have the power to prevent players
travelling, its report, circulated to players, their
agents and player associations around the world,
might influence some national boards and domes-
tic teams to decline to issue No Objection Certif-
icates to their players.
FICA has also warned
players to "check their
with the suggestion
being that it could be
invalidated by travel-
ling to Pakistan.
The report, which
FICA says is based on
"updated security ad-
vice we have received"
from its "expert secu-
rity consultants" states
that: "Pakistan con-
tinues to experience
attacks across the country and Westerners have
in the past been directly targeted and killed in
Pakistan. Indiscriminate and targeted attacks are
likely to continue, and expert advice is consist-
ent with all Government Agencies and Diplomatic
Missions, who generally advise to reconsider the
need to travel."
It goes on to state: "There have been attacks at
sporting events, which have had significant se-
curity overlay in the past, and terrorist groups in
Pakistan have demonstrated the intent and capa-
bility to launch attacks anywhere in the country.
Locations including luxury hotels are also at high
risk of being targeted by militant groups.
"The historic use of suicide bombers, the will-
ingness of terrorist groups to attack armed police
and police protected sporting events, the capability
of such groups and the intent, suggests that the
risk associated with the running of an interna-
tional sporting event are problematic at present.
The West Indies cricket team has been invit-
ed to Pakistan to play a series of T20 matches in
March and has already announced that they will be
sending a team to Pakistan to check on the security
situation. In light of the FICA report Bassarath
said: "This is a very sensitive issue and we have
a team going across there to look at the situation
for us. Roland Holder our operations manager and
Paul Slowe our head of security will most likely be
on that team and would report back to us. Despite
the concerns cited by FICA, we will depend on
what our team tells us. All is not lost in my personal
opinion because once the PCB can guarantee the
security of the players and officials, we may still
have cricket there."
to prep in England
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