December 2, 2023

The highly anticipated Cricket World Cup 2023 has officially commenced, featuring a gripping opening clash between defending champions England and last edition’s runners-up, New Zealand. The match unfolded at the prestigious Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday. However, unlike previous editions, this World Cup dawned without the usual fanfare of an opening ceremony.

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While rumors circulated about a potential opening ceremony in the days leading up to the tournament, neither the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) nor the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed any concrete plans for such an event. As it stands, it appears that an opening ceremony will not precede the start of the Cricket World Cup.

According to a report in the Times of India, an opening ceremony was never part of the plan for the World Cup. “There was never an opening ceremony planned for the World Cup. I can confirm that,” a source stated. The source further explained the logistical challenge, noting that unlike the Indian Premier League (IPL), where evening matches allow for shorter opening ceremonies, World Cup matches commence in the afternoon.

Although an opening ceremony may be missing, the BCCI did organize a Captains’ Day on the eve of the England vs. New Zealand opener. During this event, all ten captains faced questioning from former India head coach Ravi Shastri and former England captain Eoin Morgan.

India’s captain, Rohit Sharma, addressed the tournament’s history, where the hosting nation has clinched victory in the last three editions. He expressed optimism about the tournament’s appeal, emphasizing the enthusiastic support of Indian cricket fans and predicting jam-packed stadiums.

The opening match of the Cricket World Cup began at 2:00 PM IST, with New Zealand winning the toss and opting to bowl first.

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