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ICC World Cup 2019 kicks off with 60-second challenge

LONDON: Cricket World Cup kicked off on Wednesday with a unique 60-second challenge at the Mall reverse Buckingham Palace in London.

The opening rite was hosted through former England cricketer Andrew Flintoff and cricket presenters Shibani Dandekar and Paddy McGuinness.

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Both Eoin Morgan (England skipper) and Virat Kohli (Indian skipper) had been provide at the event.

"We can't wait to start. Tomorrow's obviously a very exciting day. Incredibly proud to be where we're at. Hope to be good hosts," Morgan stated at the opening rite.

"Lovely to be here. Such a huge fan base here. That's a thing of pressure and a thing of pride as well. We'll look to utilise the crowd advantage," Kohli added.

Before the commencement of the 60-second challenge, English singer John Newman sang 'Feel the love' at the opening rite.

In the 60-second challenge, a contest was held between various groups as each side was represented through two guest figures. The staff with the easiest rating in sixty seconds would win the challenge.

Former Australian batsman David Boon was the umpire for this little game.

Former Indian skipper Anil Kumble and Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar represented India at the event.

The event additionally concerned legends equivalent to Viv Richards, Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, and Kevin Pietersen, amongst others.

Afghanistan started off the challenge and they scored 52 in a single minute.

Next, former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene came out to represent Sri Lanka and the staff scored 43. West Indies had been represented through legend Viv Richards and Olympic athlete Yohan Blake and they scored 47 in a single minute.

Abdur Razzaq featured in Bangladesh's staff. They scored just 22.

Pakistan scored 38 and they had been represented through Malala Yousafzai. They had been adopted through Australia. Brett Lee represented the Aussies and they had been ready to muster the easiest rating of the 60-second challenge and they scored 69 runs.

New Zealand was ready to attain simplest 32. South African staff had Jacques Kallis and footballer Steven Pienaar. They scored 48 runs.

India represented through Anil Kumble and Farhan Akhtar scored the bottom rating of 19 amongst all groups. Then the English staff came out to bat and it featured Kevin Pietersen. They scored 74 in a single minute and they ended up winning the challenge.

After the challenge, the World Cup trophy was showcased. It was escorted to the degree through former World Cup-winning captain Michael Clarke and previous English off-spinner Graeme Swann.

"There are five to six teams that can win this World Cup. England definitely are the favourites for this tournament as they have been some good quality cricket," Clarke stated at the opening rite.

In the top, the theme tune of the World Cup "Stand By" was carried out through the singer LORYN and Rudimental.

The first match of the World Cup might be played between the hosts England and South Africa on May 30 at the Oval.

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