Despite some eleventh hour glitches, the World Cup was launched with lavish opening ceremony, after which the games began.
In the first match West Indies defeated Pakistan by 54 runs in a low scoring game and without a huge contribution from Brian Lara.
Either the Pakistan ban on their players speaking English has been overturned, or ignored, or else Cricinfo has a good translator, because its commentary on the game included this:
9.05am Inzamam-ul-Haq won the toss and stuck West Indies in to bat. "We'll bowl first as a 9.30am start will mean a juicy track," the big man explained. "We have everything behind us now and we are focussing on the World Cup ... everyone is ready and focussing. Hopefully, inshallah, we will do well."