Kingston: South Africa, who topped the annual ICC ODI Championship for the first time, will win a purse of $175,000 (Rs 75,60,000) for their achievement.
The Proteas, who edged past Australia before the World Cup to be perched atop the ranking ladder, maintained their No. 1 rank till the annual cut-off date for the championship, 1April.
Second-placed Australia earned $75,000.
Graeme Smith’s side assumed first place from Australia last month following an outstanding run of results over the past year, which saw the team win 15 of its 21 ODIs ahead of the cricket World Cup and three out of four matches since the tournament began.
It is for the first time a side has overtaken Australia in the LG ICC ODI Championship table since the listings began in October 2002.
Although South Africa lost to Ricky Ponting’s men in their Group A game in St Kitts last week, it was not quite enough to dislodge the Proteas from top spot.
South Africa’s one-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the Super Eight stage in Guyana on 28 March proved to be the result that took them over the top.
“I am delighted that we are top of the ODI Championship and I think it is a just a reward for all the hard work and dedication the guys have shown over the past 18 months or so,” said South Africa captain Graeme Smith.