Cricket South Africa rewarded US$475,000

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Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat has received the prestigious Test Championship mace – and prize money of US$475,000 – on behalf of the Proteas, who finished on top of the International Cricket Council's Test Team rankings on the annual cut-off date of 1 April.

Cricket South Africa chief executive Haroon Lorgat has received the prestigious Test Championship mace – and prize money of US$475,000 – on behalf of the Proteas, who finished on top of the International Cricket Council's Test Team rankings on the annual cut-off date of 1 April.

This is the second time, since the current ranking system was introduced in 2003, the South Africans have finished as the number-one ranked Test side on the stipulated deadline date.

"I am delighted to receive the ICC Test mace and prize money, not just on behalf of the players and the team management but on behalf of all South Africans. I know the players relish the enormous privilege of representing our country and also appreciate the responsibility that goes with it," ssid Lorgat.

The ICC board, earlier this year, approved a proposal to substantially increase financial incentives to promote Test cricket. Previously, the top team in in the Test rankings received a cheque for US$175,000, which was increased to US$450,000 in 2013 – and US$475,000 in 2014.

A further US$795,000 will be distributed among second-ranked Australia, third-ranked India and fourth-ranked England, who will receive US$370,000 US$265,000 US$160,000 respectively.

"The mace is a symbol of excellence and recognition of a side's outstanding achievement in the toughest and most traditional format of the game. South Africa has all the reasons to be proud of its feat as it is only the fourth team after Australia, India and England to hold the mace," added ICC chief executive David Richardson.

"Test cricket is the pinnacle of our sport and by promoting it as much as we can we will help to ensure its continuing good health as one of our three forms of the game at international level."

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