Srinagar: In a gesture that is being hailed by one and all Asia Cricket Council (ACC) President Jay Shah handed groundstaff of Asia Cup 2023 a bonus of $50,000 on Sunday.
While Team India pacer Mohammed Siraj, vowed to donate his $5,000 man of the match prize winnings to those who looked after the pitches, the organizers also announced a bonus for the staff.
The nearly three-week-long event was only saved by an army of around 100 Sri Lankan groundstaff wearing orange tops, who sprinted out with the covers each time rain halted play.
The team have been hailed the real stars by fans, commentators and players.
“Big shout out to the unsung heroes of cricket!” president of the Asian Cricket Council Jay Shah posted Sunday on X, formerly Twitter, praising their “unwavering commitment and hard work”.
Shah, who is also the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) chief, said the Asian Cricket Council and Sri Lanka Cricket were “proud to announce a well-deserved prize money of $50,000 for the dedicated curators and groundsmen.”
“From pitch perfection to lush outfields, they ensured the stage was set for thrilling cricket action,” Shah added.
“This recognition highlights the critical role these individuals play in cricket’s success”.