Colombo: Sri Lanka's World Cup winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga has applauded the country's women's world cup team, stating that they were an example for their male counterparts.
Sri Lankan came up with some giant-killing efforts in the ongoing ICC Women's World Cup in Mumbai, where they defeated defending champions England and the formidable hosts India to make it to the Super Six stage of the tournament.
"The women's team is an example for the men's team and their senior players' commitment is a lesson to some senior players in the men's team," Ranatunga said. "They have beaten England and India when no one gave them any chance," he added.
Ranatunga was also all praise of the women's team captain Shashikala Siriwardene. "Captain Siriwardene has been excellent in her leadership," he said.
Meanwhile, The Island newspaper on Thursday highlighted the financial contrast between the men's and women's players.
A story captioned 'Cricket's double standards', which carried photographs of Mahela Jayawardene and Siriwardene, stated that while men get USD 3500 per ODI, the women get only a paltry USD 100.