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ICC Champions Trophy: Security beefed up for India-Pakistan match after terror attacks in London, says report

In the aftermath of a terrorist incident in Central London Saturday night, where six people lost their lives and three attackers shot dead by police, security has been beefed up for the Champions Trophy match featuring India and Pakistan at Edgbaston on Sunday.


  |  Updated On : June 04, 2017 12:22 PM
India vs Pakistan in Champions Trophy - Representational Image

India vs Pakistan in Champions Trophy - Representational Image

New Delhi :  

In the aftermath of a terrorist incident in Central London Saturday night, where six people lost their lives and three attackers shot dead by police, security has been beefed up for the Champions Trophy match featuring India and Pakistan at Edgbaston on Sunday.

Reports coming in from the United Kingdon intelligence hinted at a possible attack during the match in Edgbaston, despite the venue being a good 208 km away from the sight of the incident.

Cricket boards of both countries - BCCI and PCB have been duly informed and asked to remain panic free by the UK intelligence. This is the second time in less that two weeks that London has been a victim due to a terrorist act following the suicide bombing during a concert in Manchester on May 22 where 23 people lost their lives. A source close to the BCCI assured that there was nothing to worry as the security for the match has been covered from all bases.

"Several BCCI and PCB officials were told last night about a potential terrorist attack in Edgbaston," the source said. "There is nothing to worry about but since the intelligence units don't want to take any risk after the Manchester attack last month, they have told the officials from both teams to not talk to the media about it because it may create panic. They don't want to take any risk, however."

The ICC then sent out a statement that further assured that there was nothing to worry as all possible measures have been taken to ensure top-notch security. "We will continue to work with authorities over the coming hours and days and review our security in line with the threat levels," the ICC statement 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."

First Published: Sunday, June 04, 2017 12:18 PM


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