India vs Pakistan – ICC Champions Trophy: Security increased after London attack
According to media reports, the security around the Indian cricket team and Pakistan cricket team hotels have been increased after the London terror attacks. India play Pakistan on Sunday in an ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match.icc champions trophy 2017 Updated: Jun 04, 2017 16:05 IST
Ahead of the India-Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match, the dark cloud of terrorism hovered over the much anticipated cricket match in Birmingham. This happens after a terror attack in London, which killed six people. (India vs Pakistan: Live updates)
According to media reports, the security around the team hotels has been increased and traffic outside the hotels has also been curbed for a while.
Team hotels had gone into lockdown after Saturday’s terror attack, the International Cricket Council (ICC) revealed, saying it will review security at the ongoing Champions Trophy “in line with the threat levels”.
“Following last night’s incident all team hotels went into lockdown and teams, match officials and staff were all quickly accounted for. The enhanced security around venues implemented following the Manchester attack remains in place, this includes significantly enhanced police and security for today’s match,” the ICC said in a statement.
The heightened security in place is for the marquee India-Pakistan clash, in Birmingham.
“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by what has happened in London overnight. The ICC and the ECB continue to place safety and security at the ICC Champions Trophy and the ICC women’s World Cup this summer as the highest priority,” the world body stated.
The women’s World Cup is scheduled to be held after the Champions Trophy.
“We operate on advice from our Tournament Security Directorate -- in conjunction with the ECB and relevant police and security authorities -- to ensure that we can deliver a safe and secure event. We will continue to work with the authorities over the coming hours and days and review our security in line with the threat levels,” the ICC said.
“The security situation has been very much front and centre of our preparations and we constantly review our procedures to guarantee they are as effective as possible to keep everyone safe,” it added.
Police said six people died and 20 were injured in the attacks in London, while police shot dead three suspects. The Metropolitan Police head of counter-terrorism, Mark Rowley, said police believe all of the attackers were killed, but investigations are underway to ensure there are no more.
First Published: Jun 04, 2017 11:31 IST