Lavish ceremony launches World Cup

2011 World Cup

World Cup opening ceremony - The 2011 tournament is launched in style  

2011 World Cup

World Cup opening ceremony - More than a dash of colour  

2011 World Cup opening ceremony

Andrew Strauss - The England captain hitches a ride, Bangladesh-style  

2011 World Cup

Bangladesh fans - The locals add to the festive spirit  

2011 World Cup opening ceremony

Stumpy - The World Cup mascot makes a grand entrance  

2011 World Cup

World Cup opening ceremony - Suspended by wires, performers act out a cricket match on the side of a building  

World Cup opening ceremony

World Cup opening ceremony - The dancers strut their stuff  

Bangladesh fans

Bangladesh fans - You've got to hand it to the locals for their enthusiasm  

2011 World Cup

World Cup opening ceremony - The many faces of international cricket  

2011 World Cup opening ceremony

Bryan Adams - Adams brings the opening ceremony to a rocking conclusion  

2011 World Cup

World Cup captains - The skippers pose with the famous trophy  

World Cup

World Cup - The object of their desires  

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