ICC Cricket World Cup: Opening Ceremony of the 11th World Cup12 February,2015
The main event will begin from 1330hrs IST but festivities have already begun with local performances. Get the latest here:
* Did you know? A devastating earthquake had struck Christchurch in 2011. The opening ceremony here today would also raise a toast to the Kiwi spirit and how the city rebuilt itself again.
* Reports from Down Under suggest fans in both cities started coming in as early as 1400hrs (local, 0330hrs IST) for the ceremony. The events are free for the public.
* Breaking: Australia captain has been ruled out of the team's first ODI against England. (Read more)
* Did you know? The 1992 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand had a number of firsts. It was the first time coloured jerseys were used in the history of the tournament. It was also for the first time that white balls and the black sight screens were used to assist batsmen. This was the first time that the World Cup was taking place in the southern hemisphere and was the first time that Pakistan won the tournament. Unfortunately for Pakistan fans, the team has failed every time since and has also not been able to defeat India in the event. (Also read: India favourites against Pakistan once again, say Gavaskar and Laxman)
* Melbourne: It's a pleasant Thursday evening here with the mercury around 21C. There is a gentle breeze above and a boisterous energy on the ground.
* Christchurch: Kiwi fans can expect legends like Sir Richard Hadlee, Stephen Fleming and Brendon McCullum here.
* Christchurch: Many fans have already started marking their spots at the North Hagley Park to watch the ceremony as closely as possible. According to New Zealand Herald, many hundreds came earlier than officials expected but no one is really complaining. Deck chairs, blankets, coolers - you name it, they have it!
* It is beginning to heat up in both Melbourne and Christchurch. There is a palpable sense of excitement here, and why not? Locals feel cricket is in the air and can almost whiff the brilliant aroma of cricket greatness around them.