VIDEO: 2011 Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony
The 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup kicked off Thursday night (Feb. 17) with the opening ceremony taking place at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.
Bangladesh is co-hosting the tournament along with India and Sri Lanka. This is Bangladesh’s first time to co-host the World Cup, and local officials say they are willing to pay some 300 disabled beggars up to $2 (£1.20) a day just to keep them off the streets.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared the 49-match, six-week tournament open by placing her hand on a palm scanner which activated the dazzling fireworks display. All 14 captains, led by Australia skipper Ricky Ponting, rode in decorated cycle rickshaws around the newly refurbished arena as thousand of performers put up a show reflecting different cultures.
Indian vocalist Sonu Nigam, Bangladesh-based playback singer Runa Laila and Canadian pop star Bryan Adams provided more sparks during the two-hour spectacle. But the highlight of ceremony was an aerial cricket match, where high-flying acrobats hit and chased a laser-beamed ball against the lit backdrop of a tower block adjacent to the stadium.
Covering the event, however, turned into an awful experience for some reporters. According to The Times of India, internet around the stadium was irregular and the television sets in the media box did not work.
The first match will be tournament favorites India vs. Bangladesh on Saturday.
Note: We will embed the video of 2011 Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony as soon as it becomes available. In the meantime, here is a promo for the Opening Ceremony.
UPDATE: Here are some highlights of the 2011 Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony.