The absence of a World Cup opening ceremony 2023 left cricket fans upset, as the entire world had been eagerly anticipating the grand kickoff of this mega event.
The start of the ICC World Cup 2023 match between England and New Zealand was marked by a surprising lack of spectators at the massive Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ensured event success. However, fans were left disheartened when it was revealed that the 2023 World Cup would not feature an opening ceremony.
Captains meet-up: ICC Captain Day: Babar Azam and Rohit Sharma in Ahmedabad
In contrast to previous editions, this World Cup began without the typical grandeur of an opening ceremony.
So,To add to the uneasy atmosphere, reports in the Indian media on Wednesday suggested potential threats from terrorists targeting World Cup matches held in Ahmedabad. This has naturally raised concerns about the safety of both players and spectators.
Over 3,000 police personnel are deployed for safety at Ahmedabad Stadium.
Furthermore, Pakistani fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar tweeted about the situation, expressing his thoughts on the matter.
“Disappointing to see this World Cup opener in front of just a few hundred spectators in Ahmedabad. Very disappointing.”
So, Low attendance at the World Cup opener without an opening ceremony leaves fans disappointed.
Meanwhile, New Zealand elected to field first after winning the toss. Tom Latham is leading the side in the absence of Kane Williamson.
Pakistan’s opening World Cup match is against the Netherlands on October 6th at 1:30 p.m. (PST).
Pakistan squad for ICC World Cup 2023
Babar Azam (c), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, M Wasim Jnr, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Salman Ali Agha.
Mohammad Haris, Abrar Ahmed, Zaman Khan
Netherlands’ World Cup squad:
Scott Edwards (c), Max O’Dowd, Bas de Leede, Vikram Singh, Teja Nidamanuru, Paul van Meekeren, Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Ryan Klein, Wesley Barresi, Saqib Zulfiqar, Shariz Ahmad, Sybrand Engelbrecht.
Noah Croes, Kyle Klein