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2019 Cricket World Cup opening ceremony

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The Opening Ceremony of the Cricket World Cup 2019 took place on The Mall in central London.[1] The ICC promised that the opening ceremony would be the ‘most celebrated start to a Cricket World Cup ever’. The ceremony included live sport, music and entertainment for 4,000 fans. It came to end with the official World Cup song Stand By, performed by LORYN and Rudimental.[2]

Theme song

On 17 May 2019, ICC unveiled its official theme song for the World Cup, titled "Stand By". The song was sung by Canadian emerging singer LORYN and UK based music band Rudimental.[3][4][5]

Opening Party

The ceremony opened in on The Mall, with a host of cricket legends, alongside global dignitaries, celebrities and pop stars.


The opening party was hosted by ex-England cricketer Andrew Flintoff, Indian actress and presenter Shibani Dandekar and presenter Paddy McGuinness.[6]


At first, all the captains of participating nations were introduced on the stage. Then all of the competing nations were represented in a ten-team celebrity street Cricket World Cup challenge, with appearances from cricket legends.

Afghanistan's Mirwais Ashraf and singer songwriter Aryana Sayeed, Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene and athlete Damayanthi Dharsha, West Indies' Viv Richards and Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake, Bangladesh's Abdur Razaak and actress Jaya Ahsan, Pakistan's Azhar Ali and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, Australia's Brett Lee and former tennis player Pat Cash, New Zealand's James Franklin and former Rugby player Sean Fitzpatrick, South Africa's Jacques Kallis and former footballer Steven Pienaar, India's Anil Kumble and actor-director Farhan Akhtar, and England's Kevin Pietersen and TV personality Chris Hughes were among the personalities who represented their country in the ten-team celebrity street-cricket World Cup challenge.[6]


The hour long show closed with a live performance of the Official Tournament Song, ‘Stand by’, with LORYN and Rudimental, alongside the Cricket World Cup trophy with Buckingham Palace creating an unforgettable backdrop.


  1. ^ "A royal party opens Cricket World Cup on the Mall ahead of today's opening match". International Cricket Council. Retrieved 31 May 2019.
  2. ^ "ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Opening Ceremony Highlights: Team captains meet the Queen as opening party concludes- Firstcricket News, Firstpost". FirstCricket. Retrieved 2019-05-29.
  3. ^ "'Stand By' - the Official #CWC19 Song by Loryn & Rudimental released!". ICC. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  4. ^ "LORYN and Rudimental star in 'Stand By', theme song for ICC World Cup 2019". Business-Standard. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  5. ^ "ICC releases official theme song, 'Stand By' for World Cup 2019". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 17 May 2019.
  6. ^ a b "A royal party opens Cricket World Cup on the Mall ahead of today's opening match". Cricket World Cup-ICC. 29 May 2019.

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