The ICC has announced the postponement of upcoming Women’s
World Cup Qualifier event, scheduled to be staged in Lahore, Pakistan
from 19 – 25 November 2007.
decision was arrived at following independent security reports and extensive
discussions by ICC management and the ICC Women’s Committee. A decision on
where and when the tournament will be played will be taken in due course.
event involves eight teams – Bermuda, Ireland, the Netherlands,
Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Scotland,
Zimbabwe and South Africa – with the top two sides going
forward to the ICC Women’s World Cup in Australia in 2009.
on the postponement, PCB Chairman, Dr Nasim Ashraf said: "We have advised the
ICC we feel the event could have been staged as scheduled in two weeks’ time in
a safe and secure environment.
remain more than capable of – and committed to – hosting international cricket
and we look forward to welcoming teams to Pakistan in the future."
Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Speed said: "It is extremely regrettable this
decision has had to be taken. We remain committed to international cricket
being played in Pakistan
but, sadly, events beyond the control of the ICC and the PCB have conspired
against us on this occasion.
recently as 25 October, the ICC Women’s Committee reaffirmed its commitment to
staging the event, as scheduled, in Lahore.
However the heightened state of tension within the country over the past few
days represents a change in circumstances that we have a duty to consider.
and security of all participants is a priority and on the basis of the
independent advice we have received – as well as the material concerns
expressed by many of the participating countries – we concluded it is not
appropriate to stage the tournament at this time."
Women’s Committee is made up of Betty Timmer (Chair), Catherine Campbell (EAP),
Belinda Clark (co-opted), Shubhangi Kulkarni (Asia), Kerri Laing (Africa),
Siobhan McBennett (Europe) and Carol Whilby-Maxwell (Americas).