ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Opening Ceremony Highlights: Team captains meet the Queen as opening party concludes

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Opening Ceremony Highlights: Team captains meet the Queen as opening party concludes

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And that brings us to the conclusion of the Cricket World Cup 2019 Opening Party, with the opening match of the tournament between England and South Africa now less than 24 hours away. We certainly can't wait for the much-awaited mega-event to kick off on the field.

Do follow our live coverage of the match that takes place at the Oval tomorrow. For now, it's time for us to bid you all good night! 

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The captains had earlier met the Queen and Prince Harry at the Buckingham Palace ahead of the 2019 World Cup opening ceremony. 

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Next up, we have a rendition of the official ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 theme song, titled 'Stand By', a collaboration between LORYN and Rudimental.  

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"Very special. SOme of the fondest memories of my career is playing in a World Cup, so to win it in 2015 is very special. Last three or four months has been outstanding, so they're in for a terrific tournament," says Michael Clarke, after putting the World Cup trophy on the stage in front of the Buckingham Palace. 

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Next up, we have 2015 World Cup-winning captain Michael Clarke bringing forth the trophy alongwith former England spinner Graeme Swann. 

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"We now see more and more women take part in cricket. I think women should take part more in sport. I have been a big fan of cricket since my childhood. I think this sport connects different people from different cultures. We're all here to celebrate cricket," says Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousufzai, who earlier represented Pakistan in the 60-Second Challenge. 

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"Long may the England badge continue to flourish over the next few weeks. No fear of failure is outstanding," says former England batsman Kevin Pietersen. 

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And we have reached the conclusion of the 60-second challenge event, with England moving to the top of the ladder with 74 points! England pip arch-rivals Australia in this event, and perhaps Eoin Morgan and company will hope to keep the party going once the main event starts Tomorrow. 

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Both Kumble and Akhtar got bowled quite a few times, and ended up getting a score of just 19, the lowest so far. Will they end up at the bottom? Let's find out as England walk out to bat. 

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48. Not bad a score from the Proteas. Australia still very much in the lead. Next up we have the Indians, represented by Kumble and Akhtar, 

The 12 edition of the cricket World Cup would kickoff on Thursday (30 May) with hosts England taking on South Africa at the Kennington Oval in London. But the biggest tournament in the sport is all set for an official launch on Wednesday (29 May), a day ahead of the inaugural match.

Fill image of the Mall. Reuters

Fill image of the Mall. Reuters

The official launch which is also being called the opening party which will take place at The Mall, in front of Buckingham Palace in central London.

4,000 fans are expected to attend the event, which will also be broadcast live across the globe. Tickets for the event were allocated through a ballot system, which is now shut.

What to expect from the opening ceremony? Steve Elworthy, managing director of World Cup 2019 said: "The Opening Party will capture the very essence of what makes this tournament so special and will be hugely exciting for the fans that are lucky enough to attend but also across broadcast we will show the world what they have to look forward to over the next 45 days of cricket action.

"The Mall, with Buckingham Palace in the background, is synonymous with some of the biggest events held in the UK and is instantly recognisable to everyone around the globe. It will be a fitting celebration of a World Cup, cricket and sport with diversity at its core."

According to reports, while the opening ceremony will be attended by numerous legends of the game, ICC has decided to keep the captains away from the event in order to keep them fresh for the tournament.

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Updated Date: May 29, 2019 22:36:22 IST

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