World Cup to have two opening ceremonies


Mushfiqur Rahim poses with ICC World Cup 2015The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which will be held in February-March at Australia and New Zealand, will have two opening ceremonies, adding a new dimension to the culture of opening ceremonies in ICC tournaments. [Read in Bangla:এক বিশ্বকাপ, দুই উদ্বোধনী]

ICC and the two host boards informed this on Friday. The tournament proper begins on February 14, but the opening ceremonies will be held on 12 February evening (local time). The Australian part of the ceremony will take place at Melbourne, while the venue for the New Zealand counterpart is set as Christchurch.

The Australian section will contain stunning fireworks, colourful cultural programmes and presence of legendary cricketers as well as the world cup participants. The arts and  culture of the 14 participating countries will also be presented as well as the performance of Australian showbiz stars, which will add to the spice of the programme.

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The New Zealand section will contain  fireworks and music. The famous opera trio of Solo Three Miyo, singer Guinea Blackmore and classical music star Haley Westen. Too add to this, the attractions of the event will be cricketers Sir Richard Hadley, Stephen Fleming and Brendan McCullum.

Both programmes will have free entry for viewers. In addition, global television broadcasting will allow millions of viewers to watch both ceremonies simultaneously. After the previous opening ceremony in 2011 held in Dhaka which caught the attention of the world, cricket fans would hope for something special from Australia and New Zealand. The first step towards that has already been taken.

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