World Cup Cricket 2011 Opening Ceremony will be held in Bangladesh. This was decided way back in the year 2009 on February 18th, when International Cricket Council’s chief executive Haroon Lorgat made the announcement. The venue for the opening ceremony is Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka Bangladesh. The event will take place on February 17th 2011, 2 days prior to the first match of the World Cup.
The event (matches as well as the opening ceremony) is greatly being looked forward to by cricket enthusiasts from the world over. Earlier it was decided that opening as well as closing ceremony of Cricket World Cup 2011 would be held on February 19th, but later it was changed from 19th to 17th February.
In a nation where rickshaws continue to be the most popular mode of conveyance, it is Bangladesh’s way of fusing tradition with modernity. The Pontings and Sangakkaras may find Thursday’s rickshaw ride amusing but, for the 14 rickshawalas handpicked to ferry the cricketing luminaries — it could well be a life-changing experience. As television cameras capture the moment and telecast the images to a worldwide audience, they will not only get their two minutes of fame but also become part of World Cup history, leaving the rest of their ilk to envy these chosen 14.
The much-hyped rickshaw ride is not the only thing that will be on view during the two-hour-long opening ceremony whose tickets have long been sold out. A few thousand fans who braved long queues and to buy tickets can consider themselves lucky because it offers them two shows for the price of one. The gates of the stadium will open at 2.30pm (3pm IST) and fans will be treated to a pre-show (from 4 to 6pm) before the big show gets under way with the welcome song — O prithibi, tumi aaj chine nao (O world, it’s time to know us) — sung by local artistes.
Sri Lanka, India, and Bangladesh are hosting the event. Starting on February 19th 2011, the event will continue until April 2nd 2011. The final match will be held in Mumbai India. Since the Cricket World Cup 2011 Opening ceremony is being held in Bangladesh, the hospitality industry is gearing up to receive heavy inflow of tourists. When it comes to cricket, no cricket lover will want to lose the opportunity to watch their favorite sportsmen negotiate bouncers and spinners on the ground.
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