NewDelhi, June 4: India will take on Pakistan today in ICC Champions Trophy Group B opener at Edgbaston in Birmingham.
According to media reports, the security around the Indian cricket team and Pakistan cricket team hotels have been increased and traffic has also been curbed for a while after the London terror attacks.
Ahead of the India-Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match, the dark cloud of terrorism hovered over the eagerly awaited cricket match in Birmingham. This happens after a terror attack in the London Bridge and Borough Market in central London, which killed six people.
Even though the contest is hundreds of miles away in Birmingham, the security officials are not taking any chances with many fans from both sides expected to make the stadium in what is a rare contest now in world cricket.
In more reports, team India’s hotel – Hyatt Regency hotel – was put on lock down on Saturday night with no visitors or cars allowed inside the premises.
However, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have been informed that the teams are safe and are being provided full security.
ICC also released a statement to assure everyone of strong security presence for the tournament. “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.”
In the attack in London, six people were killed and three attackers were shot dead by the police. As per latest Media reports, 48 people have been left injured. 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.