ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Highlights of inaugural ceremony and opening fixture

ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019

Ahead of the 2019 Cricket World Cup, commencing today, the team captains met the Queen and the Duke of Sussex, commonly known as Prince Harry at the Buckingham Palace on May 29. The opening fixture is between the hosts England and South Africa. The match will be played at the iconic Oval Stadium on May 30. The fixture list for the tournament was released on April 26, 2018. London Stadium, which was previously reported as a possible venue for ICC Cricket World Cup was however not included as venue in the final listing.

The International Cricket Council (ICC) launched the 2019 Cricket World Cup with an official inaugural ceremony on May 29. The official launch, also called as the ‘Opening Party’ took place at the iconic London Mall, against the popular backdrop of the Buckingham Palace. The venue witnessed close to 4000 cricket fans representing the ten participating national teams. The number of participating teams have decreased in comparison to previous World Cups in 2011 and 2015 which featured fourteen national participating teams.

In a first, the inaugural ceremony of Cricket World Cup did not take place inside a stadium. It was the ‘most celebrated start to a Cricket World Cup ever’, as was quoted by the cricket’s governing body.

Amidst the cheering from a throng of fans, the ceremony also witnessed the playing of the theme song Stand By. The composition honors the cultural diversity of United Kingdom, a collaboration between LORYN and Rudimental.