History will be made here in Caribbean cricket with a glittering ceremony under floodlights marking the grand opening of the 9th edition of the Cricket World Cup at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium today (Sunday) in the evening.
Over 1200 performers, part of the over two and a half-hour ceremony, will be demonstrating the rich Caribbean culture in varied styles.
Players, representing a record 16 teams, will be featuring in the opening ceremony while West Indian cricket legend and ex-captain Sir Garfield Sobers will be the chief guest on the occasion with a galaxy of stars of Caribbean cricket attending the ceremony.
President of International Cricket Council (ICC) Percy Sonn and dignitaries from across the world have arrived here to be part of the inaugural show.
Ricky Ponting will be leading defending champions Australia in the arena while Graeme Smith will spearhead the current world number one team, South Africa.
India will be led by Rahul Dravid, Pakistan by Inzamam-ul-Haq, Sri Lanka by Mahela Jayawardene and the Kiwis by Stephen Fleming in the march past.
The star attraction will be Brian Lara, who will be playing his fifth successive World Cup alongside India’s Sachin Tendulkar and Inzamam. Javed Miandad holds the record of having played in six successive World Cups.
Other captains include Michael Vaughan (England), Habibul Bashar (Bangladesh), Irvine Romaine (Bermuda), World Cup’s fastest century maker John Davison (Canada), Trent Johnston (Ireland), Steve Tikolo (Kenya), Luuk van Troost (Netherlands), Craig Wright (Ireland) and Prosper Utseya (Zimbabwe).
Interestingly West Indians won the opening two editions of the World Cup in England sans the tradition of an opening ceremony except for a group photo of the participating teams. There had been a reasonable opening ceremony in 1987 when Pakistan and India jointly staged the event. However, a memorable opening ceremony was conducted at Eden Gardens in Calcutta in 1996.
Source:The NewsMore on:icc, World Cup
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