Bhubaneswar: A day after the state government allowed the Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) to hold Pakistan team's matches in the Women's World Cup, a delegation of ICC and BCCI on Tuesday met top officials amid protest by different groups.
The Bajrang Dal has called a 'bandh' on Thursday to protest Cuttack hosting Pakistan women's team for the mega event.
"A delegation of ICC and BCCI met me and sought logistic support from the state government. They want to hold matches involving Pakistan team at the Barabati Stadium," Sports Secretary I Srinivasan told reporters.
The delegation met home secretary U N Behera and DGP Prakash Mishra before going to Cuttack for field visit at Barabati Stadium.
"The delegation wanted fool proof security for players from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Pakistan," a senior home department official said.
"We are satisfied that the government has extended support for the World Cup tournament. We are thankful to the state government," Suru Nayak, tournament director told reporters after meeting the DGP.
The state government has assured foolproof protection for players from Pakistan, said OCA president Ranjib Biswal.
Meanwhile, Bajrang Dal state coordinator Girish Mahant announced at Cuttack the outfit's plan to observe a 24-hour bandh on January 24.
Utkal Bharat, a small political party, has extended support to the bandh call.


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