According to an Indian media report, there will be no opening ceremony for the Cricket World Cup 2023. It was confirmed by a source that an opening ceremony was never planned for the World Cup. The source explained that unlike the Indian Premier League, where matches start in the evening, the World Cup matches start in the afternoon, making a short opening ceremony impractical.
Instead, the International Cricket Council and the Board of Control for Cricket in India held a “Captains Day” event at the Narendra Modi Stadium. During this event, former Indian and England players, Ravi Shastri and Eoin Morgan, grilled all the captains, including India’s Rohit Sharma.
When asked about the trend of hosting nations winning the last three World Cups, Sharma downplayed its significance. He expressed that the Indian team will give their all and enjoy the tournament, expecting a great atmosphere with jam-packed stadiums. The opening match of the tournament is scheduled to be played between England and New Zealand, with Pakistan playing their first match against the Netherlands tomorrow.
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