The wait for the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is over. Cricket World Cup 2023 is starting today 5th of October, 2023. But the cricket fans have some bad news regarding the opening ceremony of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023.
The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 is happening in India. Some of the warm-up games were affected due to rain. Hopefully, the rain will not interrupt this mega-event. There is some news for cricket fans regarding the opening ceremony of the ICC World Cup 2023.
This time, there will be no opening ceremony in the ODI World Cup as so many factors played their part in it. Today, we will talk about that in detail. So let’s start.
Opening ceremony in the multi-nation/multi-cricket tournament
Every time there is an ICC event or a multi-team franchise cricket tournament, there is an opening ceremony to add excitement to the cricket fans. We have seen over the years in the IPL that a few Bollywood stars and public figures set the stage and the fans enjoyed every moment.
The same goes with the other leagues and the other cricketing events.
Opening ceremony in the ICC ODI World Cup
We have seen that in the other ODI World Cups, there was an opening ceremony before the start of the tournament. In fact, the last time the ODI World Cup happened in the subcontinent in 2011, there was a grand opening ceremony in Dhaka.
The opening ceremony adds a flavor to the tournament and creates hype for the event.
No opening ceremony in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023
There will be no opening ceremony in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 just like the previous editions. It is a bit of a shock for the cricket fans as they are waiting for this to happen this time around as well. A few factors have played a role in this.
The match starts in the afternoon
In the IPL, the game starts in the evening time. So there is a time to have a short opening ceremony just before the first game begins. But this is a 50 overs World Cup and the match starts in the afternoon time. So that might played a part in not having an opening ceremony.
A reliable source has confirmed the news of not having an opening ceremony in the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. They also stated the same reason in the statement.
No Team India in the first game
Because Team India hasn’t been involved in the opening game of the ICC World Cup 2023, it could be a reason for the little less buzz in the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. The stadium will be packed with a lot of cricket fans when the finalists of the last ODI World Cup edition, England and New Zealand played against each other in the tournament opener at the venue. The game will start at 2:00 PM IST on October 05.
Other news regarding the ICC ODI World Cup 2023
Captains’ Day event before the tournament
The ICC (International Cricket Council) and the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) have scheduled a captains’ day event before the tournament starts. In the event, all the captains of the 10 teams participating will be presented for the photo session and the press conference at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on Wednesday.
More good news for the fans
If you want to see the match live at the stadium and didn’t get your tickets yet, the BCCI is coming up with a solution. They have decided to add 9 lakh+ more tickets for the fans at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. The venue will host five games at the ICC World Cup 2023, including India vs Sri Lanka and a semi-final as well. So get your tickets from the BookMyShow and enjoy the game live from the stadium.
So this is the news regarding the opening ceremony of the ICC ODI World Cup 2023. The host Team India will play its first game against Australia on October 08 at Chennai. The much-awaited India vs. Pakistan will take place on October 14 at Ahmedabad. The final of the tournament will happen at the same venue on November 19.