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Sri Lanka govt to probe 2011 World Cup final 'fixing' allegation

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
June 19, 2020 17:33 IST
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'I am telling you with responsibility I felt that the match was fixed. I can debate this, I know people were concerned about this.'

Kumar Sangakkara

IMAGE: Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara leaves the field after losing the 2011 World Cup final against India at the Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai, on April 2, 2011. Photograph: Graham Crouch/Getty Images

Sri Lanka's sports ministry on Friday ordered an investigation into former sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage's allegation that their loss to India in the 2011 World Cup final was fixed by "certain parties".

 

Sports minister Dullas Alahapperuma has ordered the investigation and asked for a report on its progress every two weeks, the ministry said in a statement.

Sports secretary, KADS Ruwanchandra, on Alahapperuma's directive, had complained to the ministry's investigation unit on Saturday.

Aluthgamage has alleged that his country "sold" the game to India, a claim that was ridiculed by former captains Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene who demanded evidence from him.

In an interview with local TV channel Sirasa, Aluthgamage said the final was fixed.

Set a target of 275, India outclassed Sri Lanka by six wickets, with Gautam Gambhir (97) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (91) scoring half-centuries to help the hosts win their second 50-overs World Cup title at the Wankhede stadium, on April 2, 2011.

"Today I am telling you that we sold the 2011 World Cup, I said this when I was the sports minister," Aluthgamage, who was the sports minister at the time, said.

"As a country I do not want to announce this. I can't exactly remember if it was 2011 or 2012. But we were to win that game," added the politician, who was the state minister of power in the current caretaker government which is in charge until the election to be held on August 5th.

"I am telling you with responsibility I felt that the match was fixed. I can debate this, I know people were concerned about this."

Sangakkara, who led Sri Lanka in the World Cup final, asked the minister to produce evidence and help ICC's anti-corruption unit probe the allegations.

"He needs to take his 'evidence' to the ICC and the Anti corruption and Security Unit so the claims can be investigated thoroughly," he tweeted.

Jayawardene, also a former captain who scored a hundred in that game, ridiculed the charge.

"Is the elections around the corner...like the circus has started...names and evidence?" he asked in a tweet.

Aluthgamage said that in his opinion no players were involved in fixing the result, "but certain parties were involved."

He had also previously hinted that the game had been fixed.

Both Aluthgamage and the then Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa were among the invitees at the final played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Former World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga had also called for a probe on alleged match-fixing in the 2011 World Cup final.

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