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Government offers Sri Lanka almost $1m to win World Cup
February 5, 2015 / 4:38 PM / 3 years ago

Government offers Sri Lanka almost $1m to win World Cup

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka’s squad will receive a bonus of almost $1 million from the Government if they win the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand that starts next week.

Sri Lanka's cricket team players during an ODI (One Day International) cricket match in Hambantota December 3, 2014. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/Files

Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said on Thursday that the new cabinet had agreed to pay 130 million rupees ($983,359) to the players if they lift the trophy.

The island nation won the World Cup in 1996 and finished runners-up at the last two editions.

Sri Lanka have been drawn in Pool A alongside the two co-hosts, England, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Scotland.

They lost the finals in 2007 and 2011 to Australia and India respectively.

($1 = 132.2000 Sri Lankan rupees)

Reporting by Shihar Aneez, editing by Tony Jimenez

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