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Colombo, Feb 5: Sri Lanka’s government Thursday announced a million dollar bonus to the national cricket team if they win this month’s cricket World Cup being played in New Zealand and Australia. Also Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Schedule: Complete Fixtures & Time Table of all Cricket World Cup 2015 Matches Also Read - I Think India Can Pick Two More Teams And Win Any Tournament in World: Hardik Pandya

“We have decided to offer this money to be shared among the team as an incentive for them to bring the World Cup,” government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne told reporters. Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1996 under the leadership of Arjuna Ranatunga who has since entered politics and is the current minister of ports, shipping and aviation. Also Read - SL vs IND 2021 | This Indian Team Can Even Beat Virat Kohli's Men: Virender Sehwag Slams Arjuna Ranatunga

Members of the 1996 squad were rewarded with duty free cars, free houses and land in addition to huge cash awards that poured in from private companies. Also Read: ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 Schedule in IST: Time Table, Fixture & Venue Details of all WC 2015 Matches