Thu, 17 Feb 2011 21:34:15 GMT

De Ghuma ke: What a terrible opening ceremony

Dhaka: Bryan Adams was the only saving grace in what was clearly a lacklustre launch to the 2011 Cricket World Cup. The opening ceremony wasn't worthy of such a high-profile tournament as it was high on last-minute preparation and below-average execution.

De Ghuma ke: What a terrible opening ceremony

The disappointing show notwithstanding, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared the event open amidst cheers from a packed crowd at the renovated Bangabandhu stadium, marking the return of the showpiece event to the sub-continent after a gap of 15 years. The evening sky lit up with fireworks as the high-profile 14-team competition was declared open in front of a host of dignitaries and top ICC and Cricket Board officials.

Bryan Adams' mesmerising act was the only highlight of the show that also had Indian musicians Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy belting out the World Cup theme song 'De Ghuma Ke'. Indian playback singer Sonu Nigam and top Bangladeshi vocalists -- Runa Laila, Sabina Yasmin and Mumtaz -- also crooned in front of a capacity crowd.

Singer Ebrar Tipu and others set the tone for the evening as he arrived in a bedecked car to sing the welcome song, "O Prithibi, Ebar Eshey Banglake Nao Chiney?" (Hey world, come and know Bangladesh).

All the 14 captains came into the arena on decorated rickshaws with Australian captain Ricky Ponting coming in first followed by the other captains. Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni drew a loud applause but the biggest cheer was reserved for host captain Shakib Al Hasan as he waved to the crowd.

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Images: 2011 World Cup Opening Ceremony