$1 million bonus offer for Sri Lanka to win Cricket World Cup 2015

Sri Lanka cricket team captain Angelo Mathews (2nd L) poses with his teammates with the trophy after they won their ODI (One Day International) cricket series against Pakistan in Dambulla August 30, 2014. Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by seven wickets in the third and final one-day international to claim the series 2-1 at the Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium on Saturday. (REUTERS)

Sri Lanka's squad will receive a bonus of almost $1 million from the Government if they win the 50-over World Cup in Australia and New Zealand that starts next week.

Government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said on Thursday that the new cabinet had agreed to pay 130 million rupees ($983,359) to the players if they lift the trophy.

The island nation won the World Cup in 1996 and finished runners-up at the last two editions.

Sri Lanka have been drawn in Pool A alongside the two co-hosts, England, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Scotland.

They lost the finals in 2007 and 2011 to Australia and India respectively.

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