Terror Threat Looms Over India-Pakistan T20 World Cup Clash in New York

Nassau County Cricket Stadium

New Delhi: In a concerning development, the upcoming India-Pakistan T20 World Cup match, scheduled for June 9 at the Nassau County Cricket Stadium in Long Island, New York, is under threat from the terrorist group Islamic State (ISIS-Khorasan). Here are the details:

  1. ISIS-Khorasan’s Threat:
  • The terror group has issued a video calling for a “Lone Wolf” attack during the high-profile cricket match.
  • A “Lone Wolf” refers to an individual who acts independently based on cues from terrorist organizations, making them harder to track down.
  • The threat specifically mentions the India-Pakistan game but does not specify the exact location.
  1. Security Measures:
  • New York Governor Kathy Hochul has directed the New York State Police to enhance security measures:
    • Increased law enforcement presence.
    • Advanced surveillance.
    • Thorough screening processes³.
  • Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman assures that they are taking every precaution to ensure safety and security for residents and visitors.
  1. Background:
  • Threats have been received since April, with a global and international style threat from ISIS-K.
  • The terror organization posted a picture of a cricket stadium with drones flying over it on a British chat site, indicating the date of the India-Pakistan match as 9/06/2024.
Nassau County Cricket Stadium
  1. Tournament Details:
  • The Nassau County Cricket Stadium has a capacity of 30,000 spectators.
  • The T20 World Cup will kick off with an exhibition match between India and Bangladesh on June 1, followed by regular matches starting from June 3.
  • Besides India-Pakistan, there will also be a match between India and Sri Lanka.

Authorities are closely monitoring the situation, and security measures are being ramped up to ensure the safety of players, fans, and the public during this highly anticipated cricket clash.