India Colts' players to pocket Rs 15 lakh each

Published: Monday, March 3, 2008, 14:25 [IST]
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New Delhi: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Monday announced a cash award of 1.5 million rupees (US$37,500) for each member of the U-19 World Cup-winning squad.

Virat Kohli's junior cricketers regained the Cup on Sunday with a 12-run victory over South Africa in the rain-hit final in Malaysia.

"The team has done a great job. It has demonstrated there is a lot of potential in the squad and that the future of Indian cricket is bright," Indian cricket chief Sharad Pawar said while announcing the award.

Coach Dav Whatmore and members of the team's support staff will each receive one million rupees ($25,000), the BCCI said.

Dilip Vengsarkar, former India captain and chief selector of the senior team, lauded Whatmore for his role in the triumph.

"It's a great day for Indian cricket. Whatmore has played a crucial role this time. I would credit the BCCI for appointing him as coach," he said.

Former Australian cricketer Whatmore was also the coach of Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup-winning senior squad and also guided Bangladesh to the second round of the 2007 senior Cup in the Caribbean.

The Indian juniors' triumph came after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's senior team completed a six-wicket victory over world champions Australia in Sydney to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three finals.

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