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Punjab govt announces Rs one cr for Harbhajan, Yuvraj

Punjab government on Sunday announced a cash award of Rs one crore each to India's World Cup-winning cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh.

india Updated: Apr 03, 2011 19:17 IST

Punjab government on Sunday announced a cash award of Rs one crore each to India's World Cup-winning cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh.

Deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal also praised captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and senior batsman Sachin Tendulkar and the team for winning the World Cup.

"We are all proud of you. This victory is all the sweeter as it came under so much pressure. Special word of congratulations to skipper Dhoni for his great innings and for leading the team with courage and aplomb," said Badal in a message to the Indian skipper.

Badal said that Yuvraj, who was declared 'Man of the Tournament', and Harbhajan Singh played a big role in India's World Cup triumph after a gap of 28 years.

He said it was matter of pride that in 1983 Punjab-born Kapil Dev had brought World Cup to India.

Badal, who was also chairman of the Organizing Committee during the semifinal clash between India and Pakistan at Mohali, said his government would soon organise a grand ceremony in the state to honour the players.

Meanwhile, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association president Anurag Thakur announced at Dharamsala that the members of the Indian team will be given free life membership of the newly constituted Club of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association.