OCA ready to host Pakistan’s WC matches; BD, Sena protest
Bhubaneswar: Odisha Cricket Association on Friday said it was ready to host Pakistani women cricket team's World Cup matches at Cuttack even as outfits like Bajrang Dal raised protests against the move.
"It is a matter of pride for the state as well as the OCA to host such an international match in Cuttack. We must all cooperate and ensure success of the tournament here," OCA president Ranjib Biswal said.
However, Bajrang Dal announced its opposition to the move. "We will certainly protest OCA's decision. Pakistani players will not be allowed at any cost," Bajrang Dal national convenor Subhas Chouhan said.
Bajrang Dal's Cuttack unit also asked the OCA to review its decision of allowing Pakistani players.
Kalinga Sena, a local fringe political outfit, also announced its decision to oppose tooth and nail Pakistani players turning up in any cricket match anywhere in Odisha.
"We will try to prevent Pakistani players from touching Odisha soil. Our women wing workers will demonstrate if Pak cricketers turn up right at the airport," said Hemant Rath, President of Kalinga Sena.
One person belonging to Kalinga Sena had allegedly slapped former Australian captain and then India coach Greg Chappell in 2006 here.