Mohammed Siraj donates prize money to Sri Lankan groundstaff
Team India's match-winner Mohammed Siraj gave his US$ 5,000 prize for best player of the final match in the Asia Cup to the Sri Lankan grounds crew, who worked very hard during this rainy event asia cup.
"This money goes to the groundskeepers. They totally deserve it, because this event wouldn't have been possible without them," Siraj said after India beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the final on Sunday in Colombo.
Siraj bowled a stunning spell in which he took four wickets in the fourth over on his way to a career-best 6/21, which helped India bowl out Sri Lanka for only 50 runs in 15.2 overs.
The head of the Asian Cricket Council, Jay Shah, also said earlier on Sunday that the groundsmen in Kandy and Colombo would get a cash prize of $50,000 for their work getting the fields ready.
Almost all of the Asia Cup games in Sri Lanka were cancelled because of rain. Even the final on Sunday was late because the pitch was wet.
India's first game, which was supposed to take place in Pallekele against archrivals Pakistan, was cancelled because of rain. The Duckworth–Lewis method was used in a couple of other games because of rain delays.
India and Pakistan's Super Fours match went on into the backup day.