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No opening ceremony for 2023 ODI World Cup

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There will be no opening ceremony for the 2023 ODI World Cup, Indian media reported today.

The last time there was an ODI World Cup in the sub-continent, in 2011, there was a grand opening ceremony in Dhaka.

While the ICC and the BCCI have scheduled a ‘Captains’ Day’ event involving all the 10 team’s captains (photo-op and press conference) at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Wednesday, a day before the tournament’s opening match between England and New Zealand at the same venue, there will be no function to mark the start of the mega tournament.

“There was never an opening ceremony planned for the World Cup. I can confirm that,” a reliable source told Times of India.

In April, the BCCI staged a big opening ceremony for the IPL, which saw the presence of many Bollywood stars. “In the case of the IPL, you can have a short opening ceremony, as the match starts in the evening. Here, the match starts in the afternoon,” said the source.

Meanwhile, there’s little buzz in the city, as well at the Narendra Modi Stadium, before the first game of the World Cup, perhaps also due to the fact the opening match doesn’t involve India. Things are certain to be completely different when India play Pakistan here on October 14 in the most anticipated clash of the tournament.

The star-studded ceremony was projected to feature Bollywood actors and singers including Ranveer Singh, Varun Dhawan, Arijit Singh, Tamannaah Bhatia, Shreyas Ghoshal and Asha Bhosle. Plans were also made for a laser show and fireworks.

As per the latest reports, BCCI will only have captains meet today. The event which will see the captains of the ten teams answering a few questions, is likely to be followed by a laser show.

BCCI are expectedly mulling over thoughts to make the India versus Pakistan clash in October in Ahmedabad an even bigger one. A glittery ceremony could be held before the start of the match at 2 PM IST. Organising a closing ceremony on November 19 at the same venue could be one more option for the BCCI.

However, due to security reasons, the organizers have been careful not to make any pre-announcements regarding the activities that will take place in the World Cup cricket tournament.

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Sri Lanka Mirror wishes everyone a happy Sinhala and Tamil New Year!

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The 2024 Sinhala and Tamil New Year dawned at 09.05 pm last night (April 13).

‘Sri Lanka Mirror’ extends heartfelt New Year greetings to all our readers. May this upcoming year be filled with boundless happiness, prosperity, and success for each and everyone of you.

–  Sri Lanka Mirror team

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Derailed train causes delays on coastal line

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A train has derailed at the Kalutara South railway station on Saturday morning (13).

Trains operating on the Coastal Line are thus experiencing delays, Sri Lanka Railways said.

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Kristalina Georgieva to head IMF for a 2nd term

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The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has selected Kristalina Georgieva to serve as IMF Managing Director for a second five-year term starting on October 1, 2024.

The appointment comes ahead of the start of the fund’s spring meetings in Washington next week.

Georgieva, who has been in the role since the autumn of 2019, was the sole candidate for the position. However, it was only after European leaders signalled that they would endorse her last month that her candidacy was assured.

In a statement, the coordinators of the Executive Board, Mr. Afonso S. Bevilaqua and Mr. Abdullah F. BinZarah has said, “Looking ahead, the Board welcomes Ms. Georgieva’s ongoing emphasis on issues of macroeconomic and financial stability, while also ensuring that the Fund continues to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of its entire membership. It recognizes her focus on strengthening the Fund’s support to its members through effective policy advice, capacity development and financing. The Board looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Managing Director.”

“I am deeply grateful for the trust and support of the Fund’s Executive Board, representing our 190 members, and honored to continue to lead the IMF as Managing Director for a second five-year term,” Ms. Georgieva has said.

The Bulgarian national has served as Managing Director since October 1, 2019. The Managing Director is the chief of the IMF’s operating staff and Chair of the Executive Board. The Managing Director is assisted by four Deputy Managing Directors in overseeing the Fund’s operations, which serve its membership through about 3,100 staff.

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