The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 has officially begun. The opening ceremonies of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 were held at two separate locations. While the New Zealand opening ceremony was held at Christchurch’s North Hagley Par, the Australian opening ceremony took place at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Both ceremonies were an inter-mix of colors, cultures, and cricketing legends. Crowds gathered on both locations to celebrate the beginning of the cricket world cup. The weather was calm and pleasant on both locations.
The opening ceremony at New Zealand was more about celebrating the love and passion which the country holds for cricket. It featured New Zealand cricket greats like Sir Richard Hadlee, Stephen Fleming, and Brendon McCullum. A cultural welcome was followed by ceremonial speeches. Kids joined cricket icons for some ‘backyard’ cricket as lights and sound echoed on location. A live musical show further enriched the experience as cricket collaborated with music at the gala night.
Meanwhile, at Melbourne, cricket took centre stage as available captains of playing nations converged to celebrate the opening ceremony of the biggest cricketing event of the year. A robotic ‘cricketer’ emerged as the major attraction along with the 360° angle Vine Booth which recorded some memorable moments. A series of traditional dances and live performances by legendary as well new-age Australian artists added ‘bass and treble’ to the showdown. The ceremony concluded with a brilliant display of fireworks which set the sky ablaze.
The ICC Cricket World Cup will continue for more than a month and the opening game will take place on February 14 as co-hosts New Zealand will take on Sri Lanka. This will be followed by another riveting contest on the same day between co-hosts Australia and England. The final will take place on March 29 at Melbourne. Defending champions India will play their first game against arch-rivals Pakistan on February 15. Skymet will keep you updated on weather, cricket, and more as the ICC world cup juggernaut thunders ahead.
ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 - Full Schedule