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ICC Assures Security Measures Amid Terror Threat to T20 World Cup

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has underscored its commitment to ensuring the safety and security of the upcoming Men’s T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in the West Indies and the USA from June 1st to June 29th. In response to reports of a terror threat to the event, the ICC has stated that it is collaborating closely with the host countries to implement appropriate security measures.

Acknowledging the seriousness of the situation, an ICC official emphasized that they swiftly engaged with authorities as soon as reports of the terror threat emerged. Additionally, Cricket West Indies has reassured stakeholders that comprehensive security plans are in place to mitigate any potential risks associated with the event.

Prime Minister of Trinidad & Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley, highlighted the proactive efforts of security agencies in addressing terrorism threats to the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean. Despite the persistent threat of terrorism in the contemporary world, nations hosting such large-scale events remain vigilant and prioritize national security preparations to counter any potential threats.

In the Caribbean, multiple stadiums including Kensington Oval in Barbados, Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad, and Providence Stadium in Guyana, among others, will serve as venues for the T20 World Cup matches. In the USA, venues such as Eisenhower Park in New York, Broward County in Lauderhill, Florida, and Grand Prairie Stadium in Dallas, Texas, will host matches.

The tournament will feature 20 teams divided into four groups for the first round, with the top two teams from each group progressing to the Super Eight stage. During the Super Eight stage, teams will compete in two groups, with the top two sides from each group advancing to the semi-finals.

The semi-final matches are scheduled to take place in Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago on June 26th and 27th, respectively, with the final set to be held in Barbados on June 29th. Contingency plans, including reserve days, are in place for both the semi-finals and the final to accommodate any unforeseen circumstances.

The comprehensive security arrangements, coupled with the operational plans outlined for the tournament, demonstrate the collective efforts of stakeholders to ensure a safe and successful Men’s T20 World Cup, despite the challenges posed by the reported terror threat.

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