The world celebrates as ICC World Cup 2019 kicks off with hosts England taking on South Africa in the tournament opener at the Oval.
Where people are rooting for their favorite teams on social media, Google is also celebrating the mega event with a doodle.
Creatively designed, the latest doodle grasps the true essence of the gentlemen’s game and is a delight for the cricket lovers!
Google acknowledged the passion for cricket around the world and said on its doodle website:
“No matter how heated the competition may get, cricket is highly respected for maintaining high standards of fair play and good sportsmanship. Hence the phrase “It’s just not cricket,” which describes anything considered unfair.”
Opening Ceremony of ICC World Cup 2019
On Wednesday, the star-studded opening ceremony of ICC World Cup 2019 proved to be a pure delight prior to the first match.
Gathering famous personalities from cricketing nations around the world, the curtain raiser event was just a start to the craziness that we expect from the next 46 days in the United Kingdom, starting from today!
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Captains of all the 10 teams that are participating in this mega tournament, took part in the event. Moreover, former cricketers and renowned celebrities made this ceremony more memorable with the iconic Buckingham Palace in the background.
Here are some highlights from the opening ceremony of ICC World Cup 2019
Kevin Pietersen, Shibani Dandekar, and Paddy McGuinness hosted the glamorous opening ceremony.
The 60-second challenge was absolutely a treat to watch. Each nation, represented by a former cricketer and a celebrity, played gully cricket at the Mall, adding more excitement to the event.
Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai represented Pakistan along with former captain Azhar Ali.
Malala has been an advocate of women’s cricket and stressed the importance of women taking up sports.
Malala stole the spotlight after she took a dig on India during the ceremony after we ranked 7th in the 60-second challenge.
Here’s what she said:
Cheeky and spot on as always @Malala! How I love this girl👌😂
"Pakistan we were ok, not too bad-came No 7 but India came last so I think for Pakistan that's what….but India played really well"
🏏#WorldCup2019 #Pakistan #CWC19 #WeHaveWeWill pic.twitter.com/BuP465pSSv
— Sehr Pirzada (@SehrPirzada) May 30, 2019
Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar and Former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble represented India in the 6game. But unfortunately, they came last!
However, the host nation represented by Kevin Pietersen and Chris Hughes ultimately won the challenge!
Another important highlight of the ceremony was when Aussie captain Michael Clarke carried the World Cup trophy to the stage.
ICC World Cup 2019 will be played from 30th May 2019 to 14TH July 2019. Pakistan will take on West Indies on Friday in their first match of the event!