For 2024 Cricket World Cup, India-Pakistan watch party draws crowd


Despite a rain delay, crowds gathered at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford to witness one of the most anticipated games in the International Cricket Council Men’s T20 World Cup.

The T20 Cricket Watch Party, held on June 9, saw fans arrive with jerseys and flags to watch India take on Pakistan in one of the most intense and storied rivalries in sports.

The game itself was played at the Nassau County International Cricket Stadium in East Meadow’s Eisenhower Park, where India won by 6 runs. Fans that didn’t purchase a ticket to the stadium were welcomed to the watch party at Cedar Creek Park.

According to Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman, the goal of the watch party was to create a festive atmosphere for attendees. Food trucks provided meals as fans watched their team on one of three large screens at the park.

During a news conference at Cedar Creek Park on June 6, Blakeman noted that fan participation for the cricket World Cup has exceeded expectations.

The tournament, he added, is expected to bring significant economic benefits to the county, including increased sales tax revenue and foot traffic in nearby shopping areas.

“The excitement, the fun that people are having has been enormous,” Blakeman said.

Gary Slavin, treasurer of the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, said chamber members love how much the cricket event has helped local businesses. Cricket enthusiasts, he added, are everywhere in Nassau County, and have supported businesses by spending money in stores, restaurants, and hotels.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our local and national economy,” Slavin said. “The cricket event has helped all of them.”

Umar Zaidi, general manager of Watch Stream Inc., a luxury products company based in East Rockaway, said the cricket tournament has been a great moment for his business. His company received exclusive distributorship rights in the United States for the Cricket Team USA clothing apparel, which boosted his sales.

Zaidi expressed pride in being based in Nassau County.

“We have seen a great increase in business from these events,” Zaidi said, “and we would like to thank Nassau County for their efforts.”