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HUGE INCENTIVES! SL players to pocket $1m, if they win World Cup

February 06, 2015 09:00 IST
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Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka is congratulated by teammates

Tillakaratne Dilshan of Sri Lanka is congratulated by teammates Shaminda Eranga, left, and Lahiru Thirimanne, right, after taking the wicket. Photograph: Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

Sri Lanka's squad will receive a bonus of almost $1 million from the Government if they win the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand that starts next week.

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Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said on Thursday that the new cabinet had agreed to pay 130 million rupees ($983,359) to the players if they lift the trophy.

The island nation won the World Cup in 1996 and finished runners-up at the last two editions.

Sri Lanka have been drawn in Pool A alongside the two co-hosts, England, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Scotland.

They lost the finals in 2007 and 2011 to Australia and India respectively.

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