Traffic nightmare to hit Nassau County as security threats loom over India-Pakistan Cricket World Cup match

Long Island residents and beach revelers looking to hit the shore Sunday should expect major delays as several major roads in Nassau County will be shut down for the Cricket World Cup on Sunday.

Indian and Pakistan are facing off at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday at Eisenhower Park — the biggest match of the ICC Cricket T20 Men’s World Cup in the US.

The cricket stadium is near the Hempstead Turnpike, and traffic is expected to be disrupted all day due to several nearby roadways closing for the match.

The high-profile match, one of the most intense rivalries anywhere in sports, will also have heightened security, which will further snark traffic.

An NYPD bulletin noted that the tournament and its related events in the Big Apple could be viewed by extremists as an opportunity for violence.

The International Cricket World Cup 2024 will have matches on both Saturday and Sunday in Long Island. AFP via Getty Images

“Recent pro-ISIS propaganda which specifically referenced the upcoming India-Pakistan match at this major event … raises concerns and reinforces the need for heightened vigilance” among security partners, the bulletin said.

Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said the World Cup received an ISIS-K-linked threat in April as well as more specific threats related to the India versus Pakistan match.

Cricket World Cup matches between India and Pakistan are among the most viewed sporting events in the world. The last time the two teams faced off in T20 cricket — a shortened version of the game — was in 2022.

Law enforcement has amped up its presence at the event after threats were made specifically for Sunday’s India-Pakistan match. Vincent Cino/Facebook

Gov. Kathy Hochul said New York State Police have been directed to increase enforcement presence and security for the tournament.

Nassau County police have issued a traffic advisory, warning residents of several road closures taking place during the tournament.

Park Boulevard (Eisenhower Park) will be closed in both directions from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The park will also be closed to the public during the tournament.

Nassau County police have issued a traffic advisory for the days matches are being held. Nassau County

Merrick Avenue from the Hempstead Turnpike to Charles Lindbergh Boulevard will be closed between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., police said. During that time, only local traffic will be allowed from Stewart Avenue Southbound to Charles Lindbergh Boulevard.

The Eastbound side of Charles Lindbergh Boulevard will be closed from Earle Ovington Boulevard from 4:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., while the Westbound side will remain open all day from the Meadowbrook State Parkway ramp, police said.

James Doolittle Boulevard will be closed at Charles Lindbergh Boulevard from the Marriott main entrance from 4:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Matches will be held on Long Island through June 12. AFP via Getty Images

The Hempstead Turnpike and Earle Ovington Boulevard will remain open in both directions.

Officials are encouraging attendees to park at the Nassau Coliseum and take a shuttle bus to the tournament.

According to the International Cricket Council, the 11-week World Cup competition will take place at venues in various countries, including eight matches scheduled at the 34,000-seat Long Island stadium.

Matches will be held at the stadium through June 12.

With Post wires.

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