Mohammed Siraj on Sunday donated his player-of-the-match cash prize of USD 5000 to the Sri Lankan ground staff who worked tirelessly through the rain-hit Asia Cup. “This cash prize goes to the groundsmen. They deserve it fully. This tournament wouldn’t have been possible without them.” Siraj said at the post-match presentation after Dia’s 10-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the final.
Earlier on Sunday, the Asian Cricket Council chief Jay Shah also announced a cash reward of USD 50,000 for the groundsmen in Kandy and Colombo as an acknowledgement of their efforts in making the field of play ready. Almost all the matches in the Sri Lankan leg of the Asia Cup were affected by rain.