Highlights of the Opening Ceremony of ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Here is the highlights of the opening ceremony of ICC cricket World Cup 2011, that was held yesterday at Bongobondhu Stadium, Dhaka. I myself missed the live broadcast, so I’d to depend on the online videos of the ceremony.

Overall the whole ceremony was a tremendous success. I really could not remember when was the last time World Cup Cricket got such an warm welcome! The fascinating performances of the various artists from the different countries, the spectacular entrance of 14 captains riding rickshaws, the laser-cricket-play – all are marvelous. Well… to be frankly… the speeches from the political leaders seemed bit irritating to me, but that is the most negligible part… actually nothing comparing to the main events of the ceremony!

The crowd reserved its biggest cheer for Sakib Al Hasan's arrival © AFP

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Yeah… a clean sweep over the Kiwis!

And they did it! The Tigers did it. They completed a clean sweep over the Kiwis! They seal the deal with a 4-0 score and won the final day final one-day international! Hats off to you the Tigers!!

The Tigers! The Winners!! (Photo: The Guardian)

Rubel Hossain grabbed four wickets as Bangladesh completed a sweep with a thrilling three-run victory over New Zealand in the fifth and final one-day international on Sunday. The fast bowler finished with 4-25 off 9.3 sharp overs as New Zealand, chasing a 175-run target, were bowled out for 171 in the last over. Bravo Rubel! Bravo!

This is the first sweep ever for Bangladesh against any giant team. Bangladesh also secures the 8th place in the ICC rankings table along side the West Indies, achieving a total rating of 67. And we hope that, this is just the beginning… beginning of a new era of Bangladesh cricket team!!

Go ahead Tigers! Roar aloud! Show the world your new identity – the identity of a winner!

It’s Cricket! It’s Bangladesh!!

Congratulation Bangladesh Cricket team, more precisely – “THE TIGERS”! Thanks a lot for giving us an occasion to celebrate! Thank you Tigers!!

The whole nation enjoyed the lap of honor of the Tigers yesterday. Actually, it’s not often that Bangladesh get to perform a lap of honor, but yesterday after wrapping up a three-nil series win over the Kiwis, the Tigers fully deserved that! Not everyday Bangladesh play like the tigers, but this team seems to break that concept. What to say! Shakib Al Hasan, the skipper of Bangladesh team, smashed a magnificent 106 to steer Bangladesh to 241, then took 3 wickets within 54 runs and dismissed the Kiwis for 232. Not only him but also the whole team played marvelous. It looks like, the tigers are now more matured. They know how to win. After the fourth match, Bangladesh’s side is now 3-0 up in the five-match series. And we are looking forward to the very last match of the series, which will decide whether the Kiwis will be whitewashed or not.

We know you can win that match too! We know you can whitewash the Kiwis. So the Tigers, just do it and make us proud once again!

It seems that good news are kept on knocking the door of Bangladesh Cricket! Bangladeshi hard-hitter Tamim Iqbal outclassed all the world’s top cricketers, including some legends of the Game, to lead the list of Wisden Test Cricketer of the Year!

Congratulation Tamim!

The Wisden Cricketers of the Year are cricketers selected for the honor by the annual publication Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack.

Swarm of bees flatten teams!

This article was published in The Daily Telegraph. This incident actually took place yesterday in the Kandy test while England and Srilanka were playing. I am excerpting the news from the website of The Daily Telegraph.

A SWARM of bees briefly halted play in the cricket Test between Sri Lanka and when they flew across Asgiriya Stadium, forcing the players to all lie motionless on the ground. The bees were first spotted by Pakistani umpire Asad Rauf, who laid down on the field during the fourth day of the first Test between the countries. The players soon followed, with both teams remaining on the ground for several minutes until the bees moved on. Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara, who has played on the ground since his school days, said angry bees have invaded the field at least twice before.

 All fall down … Sri Lankan batsmen, England fielders and umpires all lie on the ground as swarm of insects stops play during the first Test match at Asgiriya International Stadium, Kandy.

Sri Lanka declared at 442 runs for eight wickets in its second innings to set England a 350-run target with one day left. England was 1-9 when bad light stopped play.