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Sri Lanka’s government has offered players a £640,000 bonus if they manage to win the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
Government spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne said the cabinet had agreed to pay 130 million rupees to players if they go on to lift the trophy at the MCG in March.
“We have decided to offer this money to be shared among the team as an incentive for them to bring the World Cup,” Senaratne is quoted as saying by AAP.
According to AAP, Sri Lanka’s World Cup winning side of 1996 were given “duty-free cars, free houses and land and in addition to huge cash awards that poured in from private companies.”
Sri Lanka will lost in the final of both the 2007 and 2011 World Cup’s, and it is hoped a financial incentive will get the side across the line in 2015.
Sri Lanka opens its World Cup campaign against co-hosts New Zealand on February 13 (GMT) in Christchurch.