Pakistan women’s cricket chief slams World Cup organisers

March 26th, 2009 - 9:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Karachi, March 26 (IANS) Pakistan women’s cricket chief Thursday took a swipe at the organisers of the recently-concluded Women’s World Cup in Australia, saying arrangements were made for the eight-nation tournament were below par.
Shireen Javed, the chairperson of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Women’s Wing, told reporters in Lahore that her players did not even get proper meals during the tournament and had to prepare the food on their own.

“Our players had to buy food items and cook their own meals during the tournament,” she said adding the organisers of the tournament in Sydney did not make any arrangements for meals for the Pakistani team - the only Muslim team in the competition.

Many Muslims adhere to strict Islamic dietary laws.

Javed’s comments came in the wake of media reports in Pakistan that the country’s women cricketers spent more time shopping than playing cricket during their stay in Australia.

Pakistan registered stunning wins over Sri Lanka and West Indies to qualify for the Super Six stage but lost all its remaining matches.

Javed said the women’s team coach Umar Rasheed will be changed ahead of June’s World Twenty20 Championship in England. “We need a more aggressive coach to improve our performance,” she said.

Javed also denied reports of her differences with team captain Urooj Mumtaz and that she was planning to replace the skipper.

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