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Vishal Mehra ∙ Updated: Nov 15 2023, 1:05 PM | 2 Min Read

Security Tightened For IND-NZ World Cup Semi-Final Clash Following Threat Message

image-lozejkyuWankhede Stadium in Mumbai is an iconic cricketing ground []

In the latest development, security at Mumbai's iconic Wankhede Stadium has been beefed up by Mumbai Police following a threat to the soon-to-begin ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 semi-finals clash between hosts India and New Zealand. 

As revealed by Mumbai Police, an unidentified individual posted a potential threat via a social media 'X' to the high-voltage India-New Zealand encounter that will be held today. The post further contained an image of a gun, hand grenades, and bullets, which prompted the authorities to take swift action and increase security in and around the venue. 

Here's what Authorities said

"An unidentified person posted a threat message to Mumbai Police on X (formerly Twitter) that a nefarious incident would be executed during the India vs New Zealand match at Wankhede Stadium today. Strict vigilance is being done in the area around the stadium and nearby areas. The person had tagged Mumbai Police on his post and shown a gun, hand grenades and bullets in a photo,"

Wankhede has already hosted as many as four World Cup 2023 group matches, that have been conducted without any uncalled-for incidents, making it one of the most fan-friendly stadiums in the country.

India qualified for the semi-finals, having finished the group as the number one positioned team, winning all their nine matches. 

On the other hand, New Zealand had to fight for their qualification after stumbling midway and ending the group round placed fourth with five wins and four losses.