New York boosts T20 World Cup security after reported specific threats to Pak-India match

New York T20 World Cup security

New York is ramping up security for the upcoming T20 Cricket World Cup in June, following reports of specific threats, particularly concerning the India-Pakistan match. Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Wednesday that her team has been coordinating with federal and local law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of attendees.

Governor Hochul emphasized on X that while there is “no credible threat at this time,” preparations are being made. ABC News reported that a New York City Police Department bulletin indicated the tournament and related events in New York City might be targeted by extremists seeking to commit acts of violence or disruption.

The bulletin referenced recent pro-ISIS propaganda mentioning the India-Pakistan match, underscoring the necessity for increased vigilance among security partners. Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder revealed that the World Cup received a threat from the Islamic State’s Khorasan chapter (IS-K) in April, with more specific threats directed at the India-Pakistan match.

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Governor Hochul stated that the New York State Police will enhance enforcement presence, surveillance, and screening processes throughout the tournament. Matches between India and Pakistan, which have not engaged in a bilateral series for several years due to political tensions, are among the most watched sporting events globally.

The ninth T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place from June 1-29, featuring matches in nine stadiums—six in the West Indies and three in the United States. The highly anticipated India-Pakistan match on June 9 will be held at Eisenhower Park stadium in Nassau County, New York.

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