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UK: Cricket World Cup kicks off with ceremony in London

United Kingdom, London
May 30, 2019 at 02:37 GMT +00:00 · Published

The 2019 Cricket World Cup was officially launched on Wednesday with a massive 'opening party' at The Mall in London.

Cricketers played a round of two-a-side street cricket, while the crowd cheered and waved their countries’ flags.

Former Australian Captain Michael Clarke and former English spinner Graeme Swann unveiled the trophy and kicked off the march, followed by representatives from all ten teams participating in the tournament.

"Tomorrow obviously is a very exciting day for myself, Faf (du Plessis) and both teams (England and South Africa) and for everybody around the country. So we're incredibly proud to be where we are at. Hopefully, we will be a great host and hopefully we will do everybody proud," said England captain, Eoin Morgan.

The Cricket World Cup begins on Thursday, with a match between hosts England and South Africa. Besides Australia and the UK, South Africa, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies form the 10-team competition.

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The 2019 Cricket World Cup was officially launched on Wednesday with a massive 'opening party' at The Mall in London.

Cricketers played a round of two-a-side street cricket, while the crowd cheered and waved their countries’ flags.

Former Australian Captain Michael Clarke and former English spinner Graeme Swann unveiled the trophy and kicked off the march, followed by representatives from all ten teams participating in the tournament.

"Tomorrow obviously is a very exciting day for myself, Faf (du Plessis) and both teams (England and South Africa) and for everybody around the country. So we're incredibly proud to be where we are at. Hopefully, we will be a great host and hopefully we will do everybody proud," said England captain, Eoin Morgan.

The Cricket World Cup begins on Thursday, with a match between hosts England and South Africa. Besides Australia and the UK, South Africa, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies form the 10-team competition.

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