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‘Wonderful inititative’ – Fans react as Jay Shah gives 50,000 USD to the Ground staff in Sri Lanka

The Ground staff have been the unsung heroes in Sri Lanka.

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Sri Lanka (Source: Twitter)

Sri Lanka were to host nine games in the Asia Cup 2023 with four games going to Pakistan. Rain threatened to thwart a lot of games in Sri Lanka. Some of the games in the Group Stage were washed out or were hit by rain which was a big problem. The weather in Colombo was very iffy.

But after some time the weather in Colombo got better. Rain has been the seventh player in the Asia Cup and the groundsmen in Sri Lanka have been the eighth player. Whenever there has been rain the ground staff in Sri Lanka have come in whenever required and covered the entire ground in a very rapid fashion which has helped the game cut down on delays and have earlier start times than usual.

Colombo has had rainy weather right through the Asia Cup

The Asian Cricket Council (ACC) and Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) are proud to announce a well-deserved prize money of USD 50,000 for the dedicated curators and groundsmen at Colombo and Kandy. Their unwavering commitment and hard work made the Asia Cup 2023 an unforgettable spectacle. From pitch perfection to lush outfields, they ensured the stage was set for thrilling cricket action. This recognition highlights the critical role these individuals play in cricket’s success. Let’s celebrate and honour their yeoman services! Jay Shah said in a tweet to pay tribute to the Sri Lankan ground staff.

There were a lot of problems with Colombo as a venue due to the rains by the ACC and SLC have pulled through. There were talks earlier to change the venue to Hambantota where it was drier but the ACC changed their decision and said that the matches would remain in Colombo.

When the rain relented and the games could go on some amazing thrillers were on show to the cricket-loving Sri Lankan public who enjoyed some great performances on show. The Asia Cup was well and truly back on its feet.

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