Heightened Security for T20 World Cup: Focus on India-Pakistan Match

New York is ramping up security for the T20 Cricket World Cup, particularly for the India-Pakistan match, following threats. Governor Kathy Hochul assured that there is no credible threat currently. Authorities are coordinating with federal and local law enforcement to keep attendees safe, especially in light of recent ISIS propaganda.

Reuters | Updated: 30-05-2024 06:32 IST | Created: 30-05-2024 06:32 IST
Heightened Security for T20 World Cup: Focus on India-Pakistan Match
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New York will boost security for the upcoming T20 Cricket World Cup in June, the governor said on Wednesday, after reports of threats especially related to the India-Pakistan match.

"In preparation for the @cricketworldcup, my team has been working with federal & local law enforcement to keep attendees safe," Governor Kathy Hochul wrote on X, adding there was "no credible threat at this time". ABC News cited a New York City Police Department bulletin saying the tournament and its related events in New York City could be viewed by extremists as an opportunity to commit acts of violence or disruption.

"Recent pro-ISIS propaganda which specifically referenced the upcoming India-Pakistan match at this major event ... raises concerns and reinforces the need for heightened vigilance" among security partners, the bulletin is quoted as saying by ABC News. Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said the World Cup received an ISIS-K-linked threat in April and more specific threats over the India versus Pakistan match.

World Cup matches between India and Pakistan, which have not played a bilateral series in several years due to tense political relations, are among the most viewed sporting events in the world. Hochul said in a statement New York State Police had been directed to increase enforcement presence, surveillance and screening processes for the tournament.

Cricket has three formats - Tests, One Day Internationals and T20s, with T20s being the newest. The ninth T20 World Cup is will run from June 1-29, with matches at nine stadiums - six in the West Indies and three in the United States. The India-Pakistan June 9 contest will take place in at the Eisenhower Park stadium in Nassau County, New York.

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