Melbourne: Christchurch and Melbourne are set to host spectacular opening events for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 on February 12.
The Melbourne celebration will involve former and current World Cup players and legends, cultural and music performances from Jessica Mauboy, Tina Arena and Daryl and Nathaniel Braithwaite, a spectacular fireworks display and a yet to be revealed 'special moment'.
It will reflect the diversity and excitement of the 14 competing nations and include some icons in Australian entertainment, according to an ICC release.
The opening events in both Christchurch and Melbourne will form part of a broadcast package to be televised live around the world by Star Sports and its licensees. In Australia it will be broadcast live by FoxSports and the Nine Network, and in New Zealand on Sky Sports and free-to-air on Prime.
In Melbourne, media will be provided photographic opportunities in a dedicated media zone within the venue.
A total of 100 reporters and 30 photographers will be permitted into the venue.