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B’desh opens World Cup

 

Dhaka has been spruced up for the World Cup as it seeks to take advantage of a prime opportunity to rebrand a country often known only for devastating floods and cyclones.

B’desh opens World Cup

 Sri Lanka cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara arrives in a cycle rickshaw during the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup at Bangabandhu stadium in Dhaka yesterday/AFP.

 
The opening ceremony of the ICC World Cup held in a grand-level yesterday with the captains of the 14 competing teams, paraded through Dhaka's historic Bangabandhu Stadium in colourfully draped rickshaws.
 
Protected by a sheet of bullet-proof glass, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina watched as home skipper Shakib Al Hasan brought up the rear of the unusual, three-wheeled parade that kick-started a two-hour opening ceremony.
 
Ricky Ponting, captain of defending champions Australia, headed the sparkling procession before 3,500 performers put on a show reflecting Indian, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi culture.
 
Indian singer Sonu Nigam and Bangladesh-based Runa Laila as well as veteran Canadian rocker Bryan Adams were the headline acts.
 
Dhaka has been spruced up for the World Cup as it seeks to take advantage of a prime opportunity to rebrand a country often known only for devastating floods and cyclones.
 
(DM)
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