Former sports minister claimed that Sri Lanka deliberately lost against India in the final of World Cup 2011.
- Former sports minister claimed that Sri Lanka sold World Cup 2011 final against India.
- He did not blame players for losing the match, but some ‘certain other sections’
- Ranatunga said there must be an inquiry.
- Jayawardene response
A former Sri Lankan sports minister said that Sri Lanka sold World Cup 2011 final to India for money.
Sports minister claims
Mahindananda Aluthgamage, a former sports minister of Sri Lanka when World Cup 2011 played in tri-Asian countries, said in an interview with Sirasa TV on Thursday that Sri Lanka sold World Cup final to India played in Mumbai, India.
Talking in an interview he did not offer anything in the evidence to validate his claim of Sri Lanka sold World Cup 2011 final against India.
“I tell you today that we [Sri Lanka team] sold the 2011 Word Cup. I tell this with responsibility,” Aluthgamage said.
“I don’t want to divulge too much for the sake of the country … I say the match against India, the one we could have won, we betrayed.”
He added further that players were not responsible for the defeat in final, but some other section for the ‘fix’ and blamed them.
Final of World Cup 2011
Recalling the final of 2011 with toss happened twice, Sri Lanka took the control of score first, led by Mahela Jayawardene’s unbeaten 103, made 274-6 in 50 overs then dismissed the two India openers early in the second innings of the final. Later on, the underdogs lost their grip on the match and went on losing the final against India. India won by six wickets with 10 balls to play led by Gautam Gambhir (97) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (91 not out) in the final.
After losing in three final, team Sri Lanka was criticized by many sections of the country; it is in fans section and in the media section as well. Kumar Sangakkara resigned as a captain too.
Aluthgamage is not the first to claim the final was fixed. Arjuna Ranatunga, the 1996 World Cup-winning skipper, has previously called for an investigation into the defeat as Sri Lanka was holding a strong and tighten grip on the match as Malinga took two early wickets of India in Mumbai, India.
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The World Cup winner said that there must be an investigation into the matter.
“When we lost, I was distressed and I had a doubt, We must investigate what happened to Sri Lanka at the 2011 World Cup final.”
“I cannot reveal everything now, but one day I will. There must be an inquiry,” the 1996 World Cup-winning skipper said.”
Later on, former Sri Lankan skipper and 100-maker in that final, Jayawardene publicly responded to claims of former sports minister on Twitter. Tweeting:
“Is the elections around the corner (sic) Looks like the circus has started (sic) names and evidence? #SLpolitics #ICC”.
Over and over claims and investigation plagued cricket of Sri Lanka over the years, including claims of match-fixing ahead of a test in 2018 against England.
However, the Sri Lankan Cricket Board is working hard to restrict rules for match-fixing and corruption in cricket.