ICC praises BCCI for hosting Women's WC in India
"We are extremely grateful to the BCCI, MCA and OCA who have really pulled out all the stops to really enable the tournament to take place on the schedule dates as it would have been a real blow if we had had to move the event at such late notice," he said.
Richardson, who is currently here to watch the final Group B matches between Australia and New Zealand at DRIEMS Cricket Ground and between South Africa and Pakistan at Barabati Stadium, also spoke of the logistical challenges presented by late changes in the tournament schedule to ensure that Pakistan could compete.
"We've always wanted to hold the Women's World Cup in India and we're thankful to the local associations who have worked with us to make it to happen.
"As far as ICC is concerned the security of all the teams is paramount and obviously with the unique circumstances special arrangements were put in place for Pakistan as well as making sure all the teams are well looked after," he said in a statement.
"A special thanks has to go to the OCA which is hosting the Pakistan team at their academy facility, where I am also staying for a couple of days while I'm in Cuttack. I really couldn't wish to be more comfortable. It provides a secure environment for the players
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