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The upcoming edition of the ICC T20 World Cup is under security threat, with the Caribbean islands receiving terror alerts; however, Cricket West Indies (CWI) has pledged that all essential security precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of all participants.

“We work closely with authorities in the host countries and cities, and continually monitor and evaluate the global landscape to ensure appropriate plans are in place to mitigate any risks identified to our event,” CWI chief executive Jonny Graves told cricket website Cricbuzz on Sunday.

“We want to assure all stakeholders that safety and security of everyone at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup is our number one priority and we have a comprehensive and robust security plan in place,” Graves added.

As per Cricbuzz, the security alert that went out to the Caribbean islands states, “Pro-Islamic State (IS) media sources have launched campaigns inciting violence against sporting events, which included video messages from the Afghanistan-Pakistan branch, ISKhorasan (IS-K) which highlighted assaults in numerous countries and urged supporters to join the battlefield in their countries.”

Trinidad’s Daily Express quoted Prime Minister Keith Rowley as saying that security services are working to counteract the threat. Barbados regional security officials are also looking into potential threats to the ICC event.

According to sources, the pro-Islamic State (Daesh) media organization “Nashir Pakistan” obtained intelligence about a potential danger to the World Cup. According to the Daily Express, Nashir-e Pakistan is a propaganda channel connected with the Islamic State group.

However, no such terror threats have been received for the US cities of Florida, New York, and Texas, which will host tournament matches.

The T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place in the West Indies and the USA from June 1 to 29.

 

 

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