Colombo: The entire groundstaff team, who worked tirelessly to prepare the Colombo and Pallekele grounds for the Asia Cup amidst a challenging monsoon season, will receive a well-deserved prize of USD 50,000, announced Asian Cricket Council (ACC) Chairman Jay Shah. This generous reward translates to approximately 16 million Sri Lankan rupees.
In a heartfelt message, Shah expressed gratitude to the unsung heroes of cricket, acknowledging their dedication and hard work. He emphasized the critical role these individuals played in ensuring the success of the Asia Cup 2023, from maintaining pitch perfection to lush outfields.
🏏🏟️ 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…
— Jay Shah (@JayShah) September 17, 2023
Originally scheduled to be hosted by Pakistan, the tournament was shifted to a ‘Hybrid Model’ organized by the ACC in Sri Lanka due to India’s reluctance to play in Pakistan. Unfortunately, Sri Lanka’s challenging weather conditions posed difficulties, particularly for the curators and groundsmen, who faced constant struggles to ready the grounds on time.
Despite rain interruptions affecting several matches and invoking the Duckworth–Lewis method, the Asia Cup 2023 showcased thrilling cricket action. The Super-4 clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan extended into a reserve day, with India emerging victorious. India ultimately claimed the Asia Cup 2023 title with a dominant 10-wicket win, successfully chasing down a low target of 51 runs in just 6.1 overs.
The ACC and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) jointly recognize and celebrate the exceptional contributions of these dedicated curators and groundsmen, who played an integral role in making the Asia Cup 2023 an unforgettable cricketing spectacle.