The ICC ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 will not be having any opening ceremony after the decision of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
This will be the first time in many editions of the ODI World Cup that there will be no official opening ceremony preceding the opening fixture – the clash between defending champions England and New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Thursday, reports Zee News.
Opening ceremony of ODI World Cup cancelled
In a report on the Rev Sports website, it has been disclosed that the traditionally held opening ceremony for this grandest cricketing event will not take place. Initially, the BCCI intended to stage a lavish opening ceremony at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on October 4, one day prior to the tournament’s inaugural match at the same location.
Projected to feature celebrated Bollywood personalities like Ranveer Singh, Arijit Singh, Tamannaah Bhatia, Shreyas Ghoshal and Asha Bhosle, the ceremony was also anticipated to showcase fireworks and a laser display to herald the commencement of the Cricket World Cup 2023 in India.
The star-powered opening ceremony was slated to commence at 7:00 pm local time, immediately succeeding the Captains’ Day event at the Narendra Modi Stadium. While the Captains’ Day event remains scheduled, there’s been no formal declaration concerning the opening ceremony’s cancellation.
All 10 team captains will converge in Ahmedabad for Captains’ Day.