ICC World Cup 2011 Opening Ceremony Exclusive Photos

DHAKA, BHANGLADESH - FEBRUARY 17:  Fireworks during the opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on February 17, 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Fireworks during the opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on February 17, 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

DHAKA, BANGLADESH - FEBRUARY 17: Captain MS Dhoni of India looks on during the opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on February 17, 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Captain MS Dhoni of India looks on during the opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on February 17, 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

(L To R top row ) Cricket captains of Zimbabwe, Elton Chigumbura , New Zealand, Daniel Vettori ,Pakistan, Shahid Afridi , India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, South Africa, Graeme Smith, England, Andrew Strauss, West Indies, Darren Sammy ( L to R 2nd row) Canada, Ashish Bagai, Netherlands, Peter Borren, Sri Lanka, Kumara Sanngakara, Australia, Ricky Ponting , Bangladesh, Sakib ul-Hasan , Kenya, Jimmy Kamande and Ireland William Porterfield pose with trophy at the Dhaka Sheraton hotel in Dhaka on February 17, 2011.

(L To R top row ) Cricket captains of Zimbabwe, Elton Chigumbura , New Zealand, Daniel Vettori ,Pakistan,Shahid Afridi , India, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, South Africa, Graeme Smith, England, Andrew Strauss, West Indies, Darren Sammy ( L to R 2nd row)Canada, Ashish Bagai, Netherlands, Peter Borren, Sri Lanka, Kumara Sanngakara, Australia, Ricky Ponting, Bangladesh, Sakib ul-Hasan , Kenya, Jimmy Kamande and Ireland William Porterfield pose with trophy at the Dhaka Sheraton hotel in Dhaka on February 17, 2011.

Captain's from some of the fourteen competing nations laugh at the captain's press conference of the ICC World Cup of Cricket in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. From left to right, Pakistan's Shahid Afridi, Australia's Rick Ponting, India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan.

Captain’s from some of the fourteen competing nations laugh at the captain’s press conference of theICC World Cup of Cricket in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. From left to right, Pakistan’sShahid Afridi, Australia’s Rick Ponting, India’sMahendra Singh Dhoni, and Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan.

DHAKA, BANGLADESH - FEBRUARY 17:  (L-R) Captain Shahid Afridi of Pakistan, Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India and Captain Graeme Smith of South Africa at the captain's press conference at the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on February 17, 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Captain Shahid Afridi of Pakistan, Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India and Captain Graeme Smith of South Africa at the captain’s press conference at the Dhaka Sheraton Hotel on February 17, 2011 in Dhaka,Bangladesh.

Curtains went up for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 with spectacular displays at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on Thursday evening. Dhaka, Bangladesh. 17/02/2011

Curtains went up for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 with spectacular displays at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on Thursday evening. Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 officially open tonight in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 17/02/2011

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina declared the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 officially open tonight in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

DHAKA, BANGLADESH - FEBRUARY 17:  Media capture images of the Cricket World Cup during the 2011 ICC World Cup Captain's Press Conference at the Sheraton Hotel on February 17, 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Media capture images of the Cricket World Cup during the 2011 ICC World Cup Captain’s Press Conference at the Sheraton Hotel on February 17, 2011 in Dhaka,Bangladesh.

Bangladeshi dancers perform at the opening ceremony of the ICC World Cup of Cricket in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011.

Bangladeshi dancers perform at the opening ceremony of the ICC World Cup of Cricket in Dhaka,Bangladesh.

Bangladeshi dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Thursday Feb. 17, 2011.

Bangladeshi dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladeshon Thursday Feb.

Bangladeshi dancers perform at the opening ceremony of the ICC World Cup of Cricket in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011.

Bangladeshi dancers perform at the opening ceremony of the ICC World Cup of Cricket in Dhaka,Bangladesh, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011.

DHAKA, BANGLADESH - FEBRUARY 17: Captain Ricky Ponting of Australia waves whilst being transported in a rickshaw during the opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on February 17, 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

CaptainRicky Ponting of Australia waves whilst being transported in a rickshaw during the opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on February 17, 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

DHAKA, BHANGLADESH - FEBRUARY 17:  Captain Andrew Strauss of England waves whilst being transported in a rickshaw during the opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on February 17, 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Captain Andrew Strauss of England waves whilst being transported in a rickshaw during the opening ceremony of the 2011 ICCCricket World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on February 17, 2011 in Dhaka,Bangladesh.

India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni arrives in a cycle rickshaw during the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup at Bangabandhu stadium in Dhaka on February 17, 2011. The opening ceremony of the World Cup got under way February 17 with the captains of the 14 competing teams paraded through Dhaka's historic Bangabandhu Stadium in colourfully draped rickshaws.

India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni arrives in a cycle rickshaw during the opening ceremony of theCricket World Cup at Bangabandhu stadium in Dhaka on February 17, 2011. The opening ceremony of the World Cup got under way February 17 with the captains of the 14 competing teams paraded through Dhaka’s historic Bangabandhu Stadium in colourfully draped rickshaws.

Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi arrives in a cycle rickshaw during the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup at Bangabandhu stadium in Dhaka on February 17, 2011. The opening ceremony of the World Cup got under way February 17 with the captains of the 14 competing teams paraded through Dhaka's historic Bangabandhu Stadium in colourfully draped rickshaws.

Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi arrives in a cycle rickshaw during the opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup at Bangabandhu stadium in Dhaka on February 17, 2011. The opening ceremony of the World Cup got under way February 17 with the captains of the 14 competing teams paraded through Dhaka’s historic Bangabandhu Stadium in colourfully draped rickshaws.

DHAKA, BHANGLADESH - FEBRUARY 17: Captain Darren Sammy of West Indies waves as he enters the arena on a rickshaw during the opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on February 17, 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Captain Darren Sammy of West Indies waves as he enters the arena on a rickshaw during the opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on February 17, 2011 in Dhaka,Bangladesh.

DHAKA, BHANGLADESH - FEBRUARY 17:  Captain Graeme Smith of South Africa waves whilst being transported in a rickshaw during the opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on February 17, 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

CaptainGraeme Smith of South Africa waves whilst being transported in a rickshaw during the opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on February 17, 2011 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Bangladesh's captain Shakib Al Hasan during opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Thursday Feb. 17, 2011.

Bangladesh’s captain Shakib Al Hasan during opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Thursday Feb. 17, 2011.

Zimbabwe's captain Elton Chigumbura during opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Thursday Feb. 17, 2011.

Zimbabwe’s captain Elton Chigumbura during opening ceremony of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Thursday Feb. 17, 2011.

 

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