ICC visits Nassau County International Stadium to mark halfway point of construction. ICC

The ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 Trophy Tour made its first stop at the Nassau County International Stadium, marking the halfway point in its construction.

A New York-inspired ceremony was held at the Nassau County International Stadium to celebrate the arrival of the trophy. ICC Chief Executive Geoff Allardice, Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman, two-time men's T20 World Cup winner Chris Gayle and USA men's player Ali Khan were on hand.

After a month-long delay, the stadium has made significant progress with the completion of the East Stand infrastructure and the ongoing installation of spectator seating. Development of the West Stand began on 1 March and is progressing rapidly. 

The premium hospitality and media pavilions on the north and south sides have reached the second level of their planned four-storey structures, forming the outline of the oval-shaped stadium.

In two and a half months' time, the eyes of the cricketing world will be on Nassau County, New York, where eight matches (out of 55) will be played from 3-12 June, including India v Pakistan. 

This is the first time the USA has hosted the ICC World Cup. ICC Chief Executive, Geoff Allardice said: "Players and fans can look forward to an unforgettable eight-match experience in New York (at the Nassau County International Stadium) in June as we move closer to the biggest T20 World Cup ever." 

Two-time men's T20 World Cup winner, Chris Gayle said: "You can get a feel for how special this stadium is going to be when it's been finished. The India-Pakistan match in particular will be a spectacle you don't want to miss! There will be an incredible atmosphere both on and off the field."