ICC Women WC: OCA meets DGP on security system

Cuttack: Amid much hue and cry over the ICC Women World Cup scheduled to be held in Cuttack starting this month, Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) officials on Monday met DGP Prakash Mishra and discussed the security arrangements for the big event here at the police headquarters.
OCA President Ranjib Biswal and Secretary Asirbad Behera requested the DGP for an elaborate security system for the Pakistan players keeping in the view the recent murder of two jawans at the Line of Control (LoC). Mishra assured the officials of tight security during the event.
“Odisha will gain name in international arena due to the prestigious matches. So, it should not be opposed. Every possible help will be provided,” Mishra said.
Meanwhile, OCA secretary has also appealed to all sections of people to extend support for a smooth conduct of all the Wold Cup matches, to be held in Barabati stadium and DRIEMS ground.
“It’s a matter of pride that Odisha is hosting the event. So, I appeal to all our brothers who are opposing the match to refrain from such activity”, Behera said.
The recent murder at the Indo-Pak border has raised many eyebrows across the country while some right-wing organisations in the state have opposed the arch-rival Pakistan players coming to Odisha.
The Bajarang Dal has decided to protest matches involving Pakistani players in Cuttack while some ruling party members including MP Bhartruhari Mahatab did not support the Pak matches to be held in Odisha.
Earlier last week fearing protest and disruption following tension at Ido-Pak border, BCCI shifted the Pakistan matches from Mumbai to Odisha. BCCI had been looking for an alternative venue since the LoC tension escalated.