NYC Heightens Security for Ind-Pak Cricket World Cup Match After ISIS-K Threat

Written on 05/29/2024
Asia91 Team


NEW YORK, NY - New York state and county officials are ramping up security measures following a threat against an upcoming Cricket World Cup match, reportedly posted on a pro-ISIS internet platform.

 

"Public safety is my top priority," stated New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, "and we are committed to ensuring the Cricket World Cup is a safe, enjoyable experience."

 

For the first time in its history, the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will see several matches played in the United States. Among these, a highly anticipated match between India and Pakistan is scheduled for June 9 at a newly built 34,000-seat stadium in New York’s Nassau County.

 

  • Event: ICC Men’s T20 World Cup
  • Location: Nassau Stadium, New York
  • Key Match: India vs. Pakistan on June 9
  • Threat: Linked to ISIS-K, targeting the India-Pakistan match

 

On Tuesday, an image surfaced online showing an arena with drones circling overhead, captioned with “Nassau Stadium” and the date “9/06/2024.” Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder confirmed that threats began in April and have since become more specific.

 

Impact and Summary

Gov. Hochul assured that there is no credible public safety threat at this time, but extensive security measures are in place, including an increased law enforcement presence, advanced surveillance, and strict screening processes. Every attendee will pass through magnetometers, and no bags will be allowed except for medical needs.

 

Officials are dedicated to maintaining a secure environment. Drones are not allowed, and access to the park is restricted during match days. "Every threat is considered credible until it's not," emphasized Ryder.