Opening ceremony

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 was declared open here Thursday after a two-hour extravaganza featuring 1,000 performers, including past and present in the two-act opening ceremony of World Cup 2015 that took place at Christchurch in New Zealand and Melbourne in Australia New Zealand cricketers and some of the country’s top musicians. One can catch the complete video highlights of colourful, frenzy and crackling opening ceremony of ICC World Cup 2015 below. Also Read: MS Dhoni & Misbah-ul-Haq all smiles at ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Opening Ceremony

The 11th edition of Cricket World Cup presented in style with high-budget show that was beamed live to 2.5 billion people across more than 220 countries and opened the sport’s showpiece tournament in style. There was a carnival atmosphere throughout the programme that began with four giant games of backyard cricket, played by 80 school children. Huge crowds cheered the white-clad kids. The event also witnessed traditional Sri Lankan dancing, followed by a performances from Scottish bagpipers, and Bollywood and Irish dancers. Also Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Schedule in IST: Time Table, Fixture & Venue Details of all WC 2015 Matches.

Mayor Leanne Dalziell said Christchurch was preparing to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup when the earthquake struck, toppling hotels and wrecking venues, forcing matches to be allocated to other centers. She told fans Thursday “we’re back!” Thursday’s ceremony, which set the stage for the 20th Cricket World Cup, celebrating the love of cricket and the cultures of the competing nations, equally celebrated Christchurch’s resilience as it literally lifted itself from ruins to host the opening and opening match of cricket’s four-yearly festival.

The show was comprised of cultural performances and guest appearances by New Zealand cricket legends Richard Hadlee, Stephen Fleming, and current captain Brendon McCullum. Skipper McCullum got the loudest cheers when he went up to the stage. The programme concluded with a massive fireworks display here. Co-hosts New Zealand take on Sri Lanka at the Hagley Oval ground in the first match of the 14-nation tournament here Feb 14. Australia take on England on the same day in Melbourne.

A similar ceremony took place at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl to declare the tournament open in Australia. Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Wally Edwards unveiled the World Cup. “Australia and New Zealand are keen on-field cricket rivals, but there has been a strong trans-Tasman spirit in their joint venture helping to organise this Cricket World Cup over the last 10 years,” he said. Matches will be played in 14 host cities across the two countries over the next six weeks.

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