The 11th edition of the ICC World Cup was officially declared open after a two ceremony in Christchurch and Melbourne. The event was a awesome mix of culture and traditions of the host nations Australia and New Zealand.
Thousands of fans collected at leafy Hagley Park to see the opening ceremony of the first World Cup in New Zealand and Australia in 23 years, the formal part of which began with a lone bagpiper and ended with a amazing fireworks display – the biggest in the city’s history.The World Cup is the biggest event Christchurch has hosted since an earthquake in February 2011 devastated the city’s centre – only a few hundred yards from where Thursday’s festivities took place, claiming the lives of 185 people.
Mayor Leanne Dalziell said Christchurch was preparing to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup when the earthquake struck, toppling hotels and wrecking venues, forcing matches to be allocated to other centers.
She told fans Thursday “we’re back!”
New Zealand prime minister John Key said the earthquake robbed Christchurch of the chance of hosting the Rugby World Cup and it was “only fitting” that it should be chosen to host the opening of the Cricket World Cup. He said the opening ceremony was a way of telling the world that Christchurch is “back in business.”International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson unveiled the Cricket World Cup trophy, saying it was a symbol of the ICC’s values of excellence, integrity and inclusion.
Check out some pics from opening ceremony CWC 2015.
A general view during the Opening Ceremony ahead of the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup at the Myer Music Bowl on February 12, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.
Flagbearers during the Opening Ceremony ahead of the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup at Hagley Park in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Jhoom Bollywood stage performance during the Opening Ceremony ahead of the ICC 2015 Cricket World Cup at the Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne, Australia.