The wait is over as the day of biggest cricket eve has finally come. The opener of ICC World Cup 2019 is all set to roll on Thursday with the nail-biting clash of two powerful teams England and South Africa at The Oval Stadium. Before starting their grand campaign all the ten World Cup captains took part in the royal opening ceremony held at the London Mall which is nearby Buckingham Palace on May 30, 2019. All the participating captains paid a humble visit to the majestic palace to meet Queen Elizabeth. The ceremony was attended by many cricket celebrities including Viv Richards, Anil Kumble and Jacques Kallis.
Apart from cricket greats, Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai was also involved in the event to represent Pakistan squad led by Sarfaraz Ahmed.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India immediately took to Twitter to share the news with Indian cricket fans and said,” captains including @Eoin16 and @imVkohli met Her Majesty and His Royal Highness before joining a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace”. Indian tigers will begin their World Cup journey against South Africa on June 5 at Rose Bowl Cricket Ground.
Check out the tweet of BCCI on Twitter following the meet of ten captains with Queen Elizabeth:
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) May 29, 2019
— Gulbadin Naib (@GbNaib) May 29, 2019
The 48-match tournament is scheduled to be played between 10 strong teams including India, Pakistan, England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in the round robin format and the top four squads will battle in the semi-finals to grab the shining trophy of World Cup 2019.
More than two lakh people have already booked their tickets for the prestigious cricket tournament. Out of the two lakh tickets, more than one lakh tickets have been purchased by women to watch the 12th edition of ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. This year Australian Cricket Team will take the field as defending champions as they won the last edition of Cricket Cup against the co-hosts New Zealand by seven wickets at Melbourne Cricket Ground.