‘Royal & Majestic’ opening ceremony for World Cup

LONDON – The 2019 ICC World Cup formally kicked off with captains of all of the ten nations coming collectively in an thrilling opening ceremony which was offered by former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Shibani Dandekar reverse the Buckingham Palace in London.

Forward of the vigorous ceremony on the Mall in central London, the ten captains had been at Buckingham Palace the place they met Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Prince Harry and different members of the Royal Household at a gala occasion.

Pakistani captain Sarfaraz Ahmed who was with the group in Nottingham arrived in London for the assembly with the Queen. The Pakistan skipper met the Queen carrying conventional shalwar kameez.

Previous to the trophy unveiling, a spherical of two-a-side road cricket match was additionally performed the place Nobel laureate Malala Yousufzai and former ODI captain Azhar Ali represented Pakistan. England, whose 50-over aspect is among the many favourites, gained the occasion named the 60-second problem. Pakistan completed seventh however India completed 10th — some extent made by Malala later and which drew loud cheers from the gang.

Malala requested ladies to interact extra in cricket and cite Sana Mir’s instance to the younger era. “These function fashions are inspiring ladies to imagine in themselves that they’re able to something. Girls ought to interact extra in sports activities and all of us need to contribute in that.”

Malala stated she had been an enormous fan of cricket since her childhood. “We now see increasingly ladies participate in cricket. I feel ladies ought to participate extra in sport.” Malala went on to says this sport connects totally different folks from totally different cultures. We’re all right here to have a good time cricket.”

Former Australian batsman David Boon was the umpire for 60-secon problem. Former Indian skipper Anil Kumble and Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar represented India on the occasion. The occasion additionally concerned legends corresponding to Viv Richards, Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, and Kevin Pietersen, amongst others.

Afghanistan began off the problem they usually scored 52 in a single minute. Subsequent, former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene got here out to characterize Sri Lanka and the group scored 43. West Indies had been represented by legend Viv Richards and Olympic athlete Yohan Blake they usually scored 47 in a single minute. Abdur Razzaq featured in Bangladesh’s group. They scored simply 22. Pakistan scored 38 they usually had been represented by Malala Yousafzai. They had been adopted by Australia. Brett Lee represented the Aussies they usually had been capable of muster the second highest rating of the 60-second problem they usually scored 69 runs. New Zealand was capable of rating solely 32. South African group had Jacques Kallis and footballer Steven Pienaar. They scored 48 runs. India represented by Anil Kumble and Farhan Akhtar scored the bottom rating of 19 amongst all groups. Then the English group got here out to bat and it featured Kevin Pietersen. They scored 74 in a single minute they usually ended up profitable the problem.

On the occasion, which had extra the texture of a road pageant than a traditional launch, the official World Cup tune titled “Stand By”, sung by Loryn and in addition that includes Rudimental, was additionally performed.

On the finish, Australia’s World Cup profitable former captain Michael Clarke and former English spinner Graeme Swann unveiled the World Cup trophy to the gang, which formally marked the beginning of the event.

“England are the favourites,” reckons Michael Clarke. “Australia must proceed the way in which they’re taking part in for the previous couple of months to retain the Cup,” says the 2015 World Cup-winning skipper.



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