No ticket sale for Cup ties?

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 the ICC and the BCCI Tuesday met top officials amid protest by different groups.

The Bajrang Dal has called a 'bandh' on Thursday here 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 here.

In an apparent bid to avoid any trouble, there would be no ticket sale for the 11 matches to be played at Barabati Stadium at Cuttack and DRIEMS Ground at Tangi.

"OCA will issue passes to spectators at both the places," Srinivasan said.

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. (PTI)