BCCI announces prize money for victorious India U19 team

The Indian cricket board announced the cash incentive soon after India beat Australia to lift the U-19 World Cup for a record fourth time.

The India U-19 team celebrates the fall of an Australian wicket during the U-19 World Cup final.   -  AFP

The Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) on Saturday announced a cash reward for the victorious India U19 team which beat Australia to win the ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand.

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India head coach Rahul Dravid has been awarded with Rs. 50 lakhs while the members of Indian team will get Rs. 30 lakhs each and the members of the support staff will get Rs. 20 lakhs each.

The chairman of the CoA, Vinod Rai, said, “I congratulate the U19 team who have made the country proud. Rahul Dravid played his cricket with sincerity and it was pleasing to see the boys uphold the value. They have been fantastic athletes and even better ambassadors. The boys have done so well, and I am sure they will work hard and climb the ladder and represent the senior team in the future.”

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Concurring with Rai, Diana Edulji, member, COA said: "The consistent performance is a testimony to the fact of BCCI’s initiative in nurturing the talent and providing them an environment to the youngsters and perform to their potential. I congratulate Rahul Dravid and his team for returning home with the glittering ICC World Cup.”

Later the BCCI's Acting President CK Khanna congratulated the team and said the winning margins have shown that the team had been dominant in the entire tournament. "The nation is celebrating today thanks to the India U19 team. The boys have been terrific and did not let their guard down. It speaks about the rich quality we have not only at the senior level, but also at the junior level. Despite most of the boys playing in New Zealand for the first time, they adapted brilliantly to the conditions. We have a good mix of fast bowlers, spinners, and batsmen, who are capable of winning the match on their own.”

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The CEO of BCCI, Rahul Johri said: "Winning the World Cup without losing a solitary game is a fantastic achievement and I congratulate everyone for this dominant show. India have won the World Cup for a record fourth time and expectations from these boys are going to be high. In Rahul Dravid, we have a fantastic coach who is moulding the youngsters and also fine-tuning the boys at the India A level before they progress to the senior side.”

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has announced a cash award of Rs. 25 lakh to Prithvi Shaw, who lead India Under-19 to a record fourth World Cup triumph in New Zealand on Saturday.

“The MCA managing committee during its meeting on Saturday has decided to present a cheque worth Rs. 25 lakh to Prithvi for his outstanding achievement,” Prof. Dr. Unmesh Khanvilkar said after the managing committee.

The Mumbai opening batsman tallied 261 runs at 65.25 apiece during India's unbeaten campaign.