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Last Updated:  Friday, 21 March, 2003, 13:03 GMT
Indian spin-offs mount up
India's players have been promised a deluxe apartment each by one of their sponsors if they defeat Australia in the World Cup final.

Zaheer Khan celebrates a wicket for India against New Zealand
Each Indian player could be on course for a huge cash bonanza

Sahara plan to build a complex called the World Champion Enclave in a valley near Delhi if Sourav Ganguly's side bring home the trophy.

The company has a 9.67m shirt sponsorship agreement with the Indian Board of Control (BCCI), although their brand has not been worn during the World Cup because rival South African Airlines (SAA) are one of the official backers of the tournament.

"If the Indian team emerges victorious in World Cup 2003, each of its players, coach, physiotherapist and physical instructor will get a 7-star self-sufficient and fully furnished deluxe apartment," said a Sahara statement.

"This will be a humble token of appreciation towards their extraordinary feat that has brought unsurpassed glory to our nation and to further encourage them towards achieving greater heights of success for all time to come."

The team have already been promised the team a collective bonus of 75m rupees (988,000) if they win the final..

If all goes according to plan, each member of Sourav Ganguly's 15-man squad stands to make about 5m rupees (66,350).

But the team has already earned 18m rupees (239,000) for reaching the semi-finals.

The BCCI is one of the most prosperous cricket boards in the world thanks to the huge following the game enjoys in India.

And the country's cricketers are among the world's top earners thanks to lucrative endorsement deals with various multi-national companies.

Those resident in Delhi, like batsman Virender Sehwag and fast bowler Ashish Nehra, also benefit from tax-free status for life, granted to them by the city authorities.




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