Sri Lanka offered almost $1m to win CWC

The island nation last won the World Cup in 1996.

Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga. Picture: AFP.

COLOMBO - Sri Lankas squad will receive a bonus of almost $1 million from the Government if they win the Cricket 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 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 has 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.

Meanwhile the South African team, Proteas, received big a send-off at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

The Proteas play two warm up games against Sri Lanka and New Zealand next week before taking on Zimbabwe in their opening game on 15 February.

The Piazza at Melrose Arch was covered in South African flags and #ProteaFire branding.