Sheikh Hasina declares World Cup open

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Dhaka: The 2011 Cricket World Cup was declared open by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on February 17, amid thunderous applause at a colorful ceremony at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.

Hasina hoped the World Cup will strengthen the ties between the cricketing countries. “I congratulate the cricket loving public for their great enthusiasm and cooperation to make this event a grand success,” she said.

ICC president Sharad Pawar  called it a “historic” day and said this is one of the World Cup championships, which will always be remembered.

The two-hour, 15-minute-long ceremony will see around 3,500 performers putting up a colorful depiction of Indian, Sri Lankan, and Bangladeshi culture, complete with song sequences.

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