T20 World Cup 2024: New York's security to be increased ahead of PAK vs IND clash

Governor's office said they are monitoring the situation and according to their intel

By Web Desk
May 29, 2024
A view of a newly-built Nassau County International Cricket Stadium. - ICC

The security at the Eisenhower Park stadium in New York will be increased following reports of threats to the India vs Pakistan match on June 9 in T20 World Cup 2024, ESPNCricinfo reported.

A statement released by the governor's office said they are monitoring the situation and according to their intel "there is no credible public safety threat at this time."

Eisenhower Park stadium, situated roughly 25 miles east of Manhattan, shall be the venue for eight matches spanning from June 3 to June 12, including the much-anticipated India-Pakistan encounter.

The Governor of the State of New York, Kathy Hochul, has stated that her administration has been collaborating with law enforcement authorities for months to guarantee the seamless execution of these games.

"I have also directed the New York State Police to engage in elevated security measures, including an increased law enforcement presence, advanced surveillance, and thorough screening processes," she said. "Public safety is my top priority and we are committed to ensuring the Cricket World Cup is a safe, enjoyable experience."

The authorities have not yet found any corroborative evidence to support the reported threat, but the ICC stated that security would be "robust" throughout the tournament, including at the New York venue.

An ICC spokesperson said: "The safety and security of everyone at the event is our number one priority and we have a comprehensive and robust security plan in place. We work closely with authorities in our host countries and continually monitor and evaluate the global landscape to ensure appropriate plans are in place to mitigate any risks identified to our event."

India will feature in four matches in New York - their inaugural game against Canada on June 5, then the eagerly anticipated bout with Pakistan, followed by a fixture against the USA on June 12. Additionally, they are slated to engage in a warm-up match against Bangladesh.

India arrived in the US on Tuesday and have commenced their training, although Virat Kohli is yet to join the squad following a designated period of rest.

Earlier this month, the ICC and Cricket West Indies, who are co-hosting the World Cup along with the US, assured that they are undertaking all possible measures to ensure the safety of both fans and players.