Cricket World Cup: Opening ceremony starts in Dhaka

The $30m (£18.6m) opening ceremony to launch the Cricket World Cup has begun in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka.

All 14 captains were paraded around a packed Bangabandhu Stadium in rickshaws during a show reflecting local cultures and featuring 3,500 performers.

Indian singer Sonu Nigam, Bangladesh-based Runa Laila, plus Canadian Bryan Adams provided other entertainment.

The more modern stadium in Mirpur hosts Saturday’s tournament opener, in which Bangladesh host favourites India.

Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina said: “I hope that the games will be memorable and exciting.

“It gives me great pleasure to declare the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup open.”

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