BCCI Secretary Jay Shah has announced a cash prize of Rs 5 crore for the India Women’s U19 cricket team and support staff after they beat England by seven wickets to win the inaugural ICC U19 Women’s T20 World Cup trophy at the JB Marks Oval in Potchefstroom, South Africa.
“Kudos to the India U19 team for winning the #U19T20WorldCup. This is a phenomenal achievement as our young cricketers have made the country proud. That the young players weren’t overawed by the big occasion speaks volumes about their steely characters and temperament.”
“Women’s Cricket in India is on the upswing and the World Cup triumph has taken the stature of women’s cricket several notches higher. I am delighted to announce INR 5 crore for the entire team and support staff as prize money. This is surely a path-breaking year,” wrote Shah in a series of tweets just after India got their first global title in women’s cricket.
Notably, Shafali Verma & Co produced a superb bowling performance to bundle out England for a paltry 68.
Chasing the low total on a slow pitch, India lost Shafali and Shweta Sehrawat in the first four overs however, Soumya Tiwari (24 not out) and Gongadi Trisha (24) shared a 46-run stand for the third wicket to guide their side home in 14 overs and give India their first-ever World Cup title in women’s cricket.
Meanwhile, Shah also invited the India U19 women’s team to the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad to be a part of the celebrations when the third T20I between India and New Zealand is played on Wednesday.
“I invite @TheShafaliVerma and her victorious team to join us at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad and witness the third T20I on 1st February. This humongous achievement surely calls for a celebration. @BCCI @BCCIWomen,” he added.