Bangladeshis cast aside their usual docile and reserved image on Thursday and proudly displayed their sporting passion at the gala opening ceremony of the Cricket World Cup later in the capital.
The $30 million jamboree, jointly organised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), was opened by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina after captains from the 14 participating nations were paraded around the Bangabandhu National Stadium on traditional cycle rickshaws.
Outside, on the often chaotic and jam-packed Dhaka roads, traffic was relatively light with the government declaring Thursday a half-day public holiday to allow people to watch the dazzling opening ceremony.Text: ReutersImages: AP/AFPImage: 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.
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