Players of the 1996 World Cup receive their medals today
The Sri Lankan National cricket team that won the Cricket World Cup in 1996 will receive their medals given by International Cricket Council (ICC) today (17) after 25 years.
Led by Arjuna Ranatunga and his deputy, Aravinda de Silva, a special function under the patronage of Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa to honour the 1996 Cricket World Cup champions, was held this morning at Temple Trees.
On this day 25 years ago, the Sri Lankan National cricket team won the Cricket World Cup 1996 by seven wickets, defeating Australia at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan.
Ranatunga received the trophy from then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto.
At that time, the team was not given their medals but later the ICC had sent the medals to Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC).
A spokesman from the PM’s office said it was reported that these medals had been at the Sri Lanka Cricket for 25 years.
The PM had decided that those medals should be given to the winning players of the World Championship.
On his instructions, the PM's office and the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs organised this function to honour the winning team of the World Cup.