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    Each participating nation had one icon and a former cricketer representing the country at the sporting event's opening. India was represented by Bollywood actor Farhan Akhtar and former cricketer Anil Kumble.

    New Delhi (Sputnik): Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai who had come to represent Pakistan stole the show at the Cricket World Cup 2019 opening ceremony on 29 May at The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace. She was present along with another Pakistani cricketing great, former team captain Azghar Ali.

    World Cup 2019 opening party begins at The Mall—in front of Buckingham Palace in central #London!#WorldCup2019 #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/rla5ILO5Hy

    Malala was treated to a huge contingent of Pakistani cricket fans who had gathered at the venue.

    The champion for women's rights even played cricket at the opening ceremony in the 60-second Challenge matches between teams from the participant nations.

    The Nobel laureate paid tribute to the Pakistani women's cricket team during the opening ceremony.

    The 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, social activist Malala Yousafzai has been championing the cause of education among girls. She is also a strong advocate for women's sports, especially Pakistan's women's cricket team. The Women Cricket World 2014 was named after Malala in tribute to her activism.

    Malala was seen posing with Indian representative actor Farhan Akhtar at the function.

    The Cricket World Cup is organised every four years by the International Cricket Council (ICC). The 2019 event is 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup, and will take place from 30 May to 14 July 2019 in England and Wales.


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