The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary and President of Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Jay Shah and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) president Shammi Silva have jointly announced a cash prize of USD 50,000 (approximately INR 42 lakh) for the groundsman who worked tirelessly during the Asia Cup 2023 in Sri Lanka. The prize money will be distributed among the curators and ground staff at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo and the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy.
The gesture appreciated and acknowledged the efforts of the unsung heroes of cricket, who ensured that the tournament was conducted smoothly despite the challenges posed by the monsoon season. The ground staff worked round the clock to prepare the pitches and cover the grounds whenever there was rain or bad light.
Jay Shah took to Twitter to announce the reward. He wrote,”🏏🏟️ 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. 🏆 Their unwavering commitment and hard work made the Asia Cup 2023 an unforgettable spectacle.”
The Asia Cup 2023, which was held from August 30 to September 17, witnessed some thrilling matches and high-quality cricket from the six participating teams: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Nepal. However, the tournament also faced numerous disruptions due to rain, especially in the second week. Out of the 15 matches, four were affected by rain, resulting in reduced overs or no result.