The opening ceremony of the much-awaited ICC World Cup 2019 is going to be a lavish ceremony. The ceremony is set to take place on The Mall, the famous road in the City of Westminster, central London. The road is situated between Buckingham Palace at its western end and Trafalgar Square via Admiralty Arch to the east
According to Daily Mail, Buckingham Palace will provide the backdrop for the event. The International Cricket Council (ICC) has already promised that the opening ceremony will be the ‘most celebrated start to a Cricket World Cup ever’. The ceremony will include live sport, music and entertainment for 4,000 fans.
The ceremony will take place on May 29. However, the participating teams will not attend the party due to the tournament starting the following day. But a number of former cricketers will be invited to take part. The ICC is hopeful that the party-style opening ceremony in the heart of London will boost the popularity of the tournament.
The ICC is desperate to avoid the kind of opening ceremony that took place 20 years ago at the Lord’s when England last hosted the competition. At that time, the then UK Prime Minister Tony Blair had given a speech that could not be heard due to a broken microphone. Rain had played spoilsport too as the tournament went off to an unimpressive start.
Meanwhile, the ICC officials have reportedly held crunch meetings with the London Safety Advisory Group (LSAG) and the Royal Parks to finalise plans for the event. The ticket ballot for the opening ceremony will open on Thursday.
England and South Africa will lock horns in the tournament-opener on May 30 at The Oval in London. The tournament will last for 45 days with 48 matches to be played. India will start their campaign against the Proteas on June 5. The format for the 2019 edition will see 10 best teams in the world going head-to-head in a round-robin format. The tournament will culminate with the fifth final at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground on July 14.