Cricket World Cup 2011 Opening Ceremony

The cricket World Cup was declared open in a glittering opening ceremony on February 17. The ceremony, which was held in Dhaka in Bangladesh, was declared open by the Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina. >

There were many events leading up to the ceremony, including that of Bryan Adams singing three of his loved songs, Summer of ’69 included. The Bryan Adams performances had been squeezed between Sonu Nigam’s inspiring World Cup song and the World Cup anthem by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy to end the show.

There were performances by the local Bangladeshis and a couple of them by Sri Lankan artistes as well.

The captains had earlier been led out in rickshaws, driven by the ‘rickshaw-wallahs’ and sat through the rest of the ceremony. The declaration of the opening of the games was done by the PM, which had followed a string of speeches by the ministers of the country in Bangladesh and the ICC chairman, Sharad Pawar.

The first game of the tournament will now be played between India and Bangladesh at Mirpur on February 19.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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