In what comes as a further disappointment for the cricket fans, it has been learned that the BCCI has called off the World Cup 2023 opening ceremony.
Previously, it was reported that the BCCI had planned for a grand opening ceremony to be hosted at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on October 4, a day before the start of the tournament. Since the opening match of the tournament, on October 5, will kick-start at 2 PM, the BCCI had wanted to conduct the opening ceremony, which included a laser show and performances from some of Bollywood’s biggest singers and actors, on October 4.
The BCCI had reportedly roped in a number of famous artists in the country, including Ranveer Singh, Shreya Ghoshal, Arijit Singh, Tamannaah Bhatia, Shankar Mahadevan and the legend Asha Bhosle to perform.
Now, RevSportz has reported that there will be no World Cup 2023 opening ceremony.
It’s still not clear why the BCCI has called off the opening ceremony on October 4. The opening ceremony was to follow the captain’s press conference. Now, only the captain’s press conference will take place in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
Why has BCCI cancelled World Cup 2023 opening ceremony?
InsideSport says that instead of an opening ceremony, the BCCI will have a closing ceremony on November 19 and/or a grand ceremony before the India vs Pakistan clash on October 14.
The press conference of all 10 captains will happen on October 4. All the warm-up matches will finish by October 3. Even though the grand opening ceremony will not happen, a laser show in the evening is expected to happen. The top officials of the ICC and the BCCI will attend the World Cup 2023 opening ceremony. BCCI and the ICC will invite top administrators of all cricket boards to the event.
List of captains of all World Cup 2023 Teams:
India: Rohit Sharma
Pakistan: Babar Azam
England: Jos Buttler
Australia: Pat Cummins
New Zealand: Kane Williamson
Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka
Bangladesh: Shakib Al Hasan
Netherlands: Scott Edwards
South Africa: Temba Bavuma
Afghanistan: Hashmatullah Shahidi