Manchester: Sunday is not just any other day. Arch-rivals India and Pakistan are set to clash at the Old Trafford in Manchester and there is no denying the fact that it is one of the biggest rivalries on the cricket pitch. Emotions run high not just among the players, but also the fans and that has seen the International Cricket Council (ICC) ensure that all required precautions are taken to avoid any untoward episode in what is billed as the game of the group stages of the 2019 World Cup.
Speaking to IANS, Claire Furlong, ICC General Manager, Strategic Communications, said that while she is not in a position to divulge security details, all necessary steps have been taken to ensure a safe environment. “We do not provide details on security issues, suffice to say we work with the police and security services on an ongoing basis. Providing a safe environment for everyone at the World Cup is our priority,” she said.
Interestingly, sources in the know of developments said that armed officers are expected to be part of the security arrangement being made for the game and police patrolling is also expected to be at its highest for the much-awaited clash. IANS