The whole groundstaff crew, who worked diligently to get the grounds in Colombo and Pallekele match-ready for the Asia Cup amid a full-fledged monsoon season, would be honoured with a USD 50,000 prize money, Asian Cricket Council chairman Jay Shah announced on Sunday.
"Big Shoutout to the Unsung Heroes of Cricket! The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are proud to announce a well-deserved prize money of USD 50,000 for the dedicated curators and groundsmen at Colombo and Kandy," Shah wrote on 'X', formerly Twitter.
🏏🏟️ Big Shoutout to the Unsung Heroes of Cricket! 🙌— Jay Shah (@JayShah) September 17, 2023
The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are proud to announce a well-deserved prize money of USD 50,000 for the dedicated curators and groundsmen at Colombo and Kandy. 🏆
Their unwavering commitment and…
USD 50,000 is about equivalent to 16 million Sri Lankan rupees.
"Their unwavering commitment and hard work made the Asia Cup 2023 an unforgettable spectacle. From pitch perfection to lush outfields, they ensured the stage was set for thrilling cricket action."
"This recognition highlights the critical role these individuals play in cricket's success. Let's celebrate and honour their yeoman services!" added Shah.
The tournament was meant to be hosted by Pakistan, but India's refusal to compete in the neighbouring country caused ACC to organise the event in a 'Hybrid Model,' with Sri Lanka receiving nine games.
However, the weather in Lanka quickly proved a concern, especially for the curators and groundsmen, who were continuously battling to make the ground ready on time.
While India's first match against archrival Pakistan in Pallekele was rained out, rain delays forced the Duckworth-Lewis system to be used in a few of other matches throughout the championship.
The Super-4 match between India and Pakistan extended into the reserve day, with the former winning.
The continuing final has also had a delayed start, with the possibility of rain hanging big.
(With PTI inputs)