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WC extravaganza lights up with captains

  • Published at 10:59 pm May 23rd, 2019
World Cup
Captains of the 10 participating teams of the World Cup interact with the media in London Thursday AFP

The media session started with captain of the host nation Eoin Morgan, who said the tournament will be a competitive one as there are quite a few contenders

The World Cup 2019 has officially started through the captain's press conference at Stoke Newington in London Thursday.

All the 10 captains of the participating teams - Mashrafe bin Mortaza of Bangladesh, Aaron Finch of Australia, Eoin Morgan of host England, Virat Kohli of India, Faf du Plessis of South Africa, Kane Williamson of New Zealand, Jason Holder of the West Indies, Sarfaraz Ahmed of Pakistan, Gulbadan Naib of Afghanistan and Dimuth Karunaratne of Sri Lanka - arrived at the event at 1pm local time for the media session. 

All the captains were accompanied into the stage by children, who are emerging cricket stars in the local academy. 

The Film Shed, Stoke in Newington was the venue where the official media session and photo shoot were held.

The place was bombed during the second World War and later decorated to turn it into a venue for events. 

The area is popular for cricket fans as there are 10 local cricket clubs situated around the venue, informed the event organizer Mark Chapman.

The media session started with captain of the host nation Morgan, who said the tournament will be a competitive one as there are quite a few contenders.

“I don’t think anyone is head and shoulders above anyone else. These are the 10 best teams in the world, it will be extraordinarily competitive and some quality cricket will be played so we are really looking forward to it,” said Morgan.

Finch said defending champion Australia are eagerly waiting to defend the title and that they are hoping to perform strongly in the mega event, just the way they have performed over the years.

Finch said, “Once it gets underway, particularly against England, and further on for the Ashes, the crowd will play a part but that is expected everywhere in the world. We have plans in place for that, and their squad input and output in terms of the runs they have been making has been fantastic.”

One of the tournament favorites, Kohli addressed that it can be the most competitive World Cup in history as all the teams are strong enough to beat anyone on any given day. 

He said, "England in their conditions are the most strong side in this tournament. But all the teams are so strong and well balanced and the fact we have to play every one once, I think this will be the most competitive World Cup that anyone will have seen.”

Mashrafe was asked about their development of cricket over the few years as Bangladesh have won nine series in the last four years. 

The Tigers skipper believes the team are in good shape as young players have started to perform along with the senior campaigners and that’s one of positive signs for Bangladesh cricket. 

“We have a great batch of boys. There is a good mixture of experience and youth and they are playing exciting cricket. They performed all over the world. They played so well in the recent series in Ireland. Hopefully, we will start well on June 2 against South Africa”, said Mashrafe.

After the media session all the captains posed for official photo shoot alongside the World Cup trophy.