The Central Organising Committee of the World Cup 2011 has halved the budget than what Bangladesh had sought for the opening ceremony, a senior official of the Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Friday.
Mahbub Anam, senior vice-president of the BCB, who attended the COC meeting in Mumbai on September 2, told reporters that the ICC has approved $5 million for the ceremony against Bangladesh’s demand of $10 million.
Mahbub, however, expressed his optimism that a colourful opening ceremony is still possible with the amount. Bangladesh will host the opening ceremony on February 17, 2011.
The COC has approved a budget of $115 million for the event to be jointly hosted by Bangladesh, India and Sri Lanka.