Pak women team spends 9 hours at Karachi Airport

Updated: Aug 25, 2011, 14:43 PM IST

Karachi: Cricket analysts have flayed the Pakistan Cricket Board for keeping the West Indies bound national women`s team at the Karachi airport for nearly nine hours because of security reasons, saying it has given a wrong signal to the world.

The team reached the Karachi airport at around 2.00 in the afternoon from Lahore yesterday but instead of moving the players to a nearby hotel in the airport vicinity the Board preferred to keep them waiting in the airport lounge.

"The team was advised to remain in the airport building and not go out also because of the law and order situation in the city," Aisha Ashar the manager of the national team said.

She said that the girls were happy remaining inside the airport terminal and relaxed in the lounge as they had a connecting flight to catch at around 10.00 PM.

But experts feel that the PCB had passed on the wrong message to the rest of the world and country by not allowing the women`s team outside the terminal.

"If anything else, they could at least have shifted the team to a hotel inside the airport vicinity as they are no security issues there," cricket analyst and writer, Abdul Majid Bhatti questioned.