The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah on Sunday announced an INR 40 lakh reward for every player of the U19 World Cup winning team. India lifted a record fifth U19 World Cup title after defeating England at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium on Saturday.
In another tweet, Shah said: “Congratulations #BoysInBlue on winning the @ICC U19 World Cup. This is a Very Very Special @VVSLaxman281 win against all odds. Each of our youngsters has shown the heart and temperament needed to make history in these trying times #INDvENG #U19CWCFinal.”
U19 World Cup 2022: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said the cash prize announced for the victorious U19 team is a “small token of appreciation” but their efforts are beyond value. Yash Dhull-led India defeated England in the final to win their 5th crown.
Lauding India’s victory, National Cricket Academy chief VVS Laxman called it a “special” win and said, “Firstly huge congratulations to the selection committee. It was a new selection committee and quite challenging for them to identify this group. After that, the coaching staff with Hrishikesh as the head coach, Sai Raj, Munish, and all the support staff, the way they got this group together, they worked really hard, won the Asia Cup and the preparation for this World Cup was fantastic.”
“But in the middle of this tournament, we all know what happened to the boys. To test positive (for Covid) but show the kind of resilience and positive attitude was exemplary. I think the BCCI has to be complemented. The number of matches and tournaments each age group level gets to play, whether U16, U19 or U23… unfortunately due to Covid they didn’t get to play any tournaments and that’s why I think this tournament win is very special.”
Congratulations poured in from all quarters, Yuvraj Singh also congratulated the winning team.